Investors in a number of banks may get a little something extra in their stockings this holiday season as bankers look to return capital ahead of an expected spike in the dividend tax rate.

Some cash-rich banks are paying out special dividends in coming weeks, particularly those that are struggling to put capital to work for loan growth or acquisitions. Concerns that taxes on dividends could rise — an aftershock of the fast-approaching fiscal cliff — are providing added incentive for one-time payouts.

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