Shareholders know that that taxes have a negative impact on their funds’ returns but a new survey suggests that most of them are in the dark when it comes to knowing how to minimize the tax bite on their returns.

The survey, released today by Eaton Vance Corp., shows that 73% of the investors polled in the survey said that taxes have an important effect on stock funds’ returns, yet only 30% were aware that the Securities and Exchange Commission had enacted a new rule requiring funds to disclose after-tax returns.

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