SEC Guidance on Mutual Fund After-Tax Return Requirements

SEC releases FAQ

By John M. Baker, Esq.

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management today posted its responses to Frequently Asked Questions About Mutual Fund After-Tax Return Requirements. The SEC in September extended the compliance date for advertisements involving mutual fund tax returns from October 1 to December 1, 2001, in order to give funds and third-party providers sufficient time to resolve outstanding technical issues regarding the appropriate methodology to be used in calculating standardized after-tax returns and perform any necessary systems changes.

The FAQ, which evidently is intended to be the staff guidance on the appropriate methodology, is available online at

For prior FundLaw posts on this topic, see

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