Return of Capital (ROC) is a distribution paid to fund shareholders in excess of a fund's current and accumulated earnings and profits. An ROC distribution is generally nontaxable and reduces a shareholder's cost basis in the investment. If an ROC distribution exceeds a shareholder's cost basis, then any additional amount is treated as a capital gain.
Refer to IRS Publication 551, Basis of Assets for further information.
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