Liability Dividends

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Subject Matter Experts

Updated on March 07, 2023

When the board of directors establishes a longer-than-normal time period between the date of record and the date of payment, the dividend is classified as a liability dividend.

The arrangement may call for the accrual of interest on the liability and the distribution of notes to the stockholders (known as scrip). The only difference in accounting between cash and liability dividends is the accrual of interest.

While there is support for treating interest as an expense and reporting it on the income statement, there is also a good rationale for considering these amounts as additional dividends. Liability dividends are seldom encountered in practice.

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True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

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