Dividends Paid under Financing or Operating Activities?

by Shamil Hassan
(Islamabad, Pakistan)

DividendsQ: Does the payment of dividends go under financing activities or the operating activities?

From what I understand the usual practice is to put it under cash flow from operating activities. The reason for this is that it could be considered to be a regular part of one's operations or operating activities - one usually pays dividends once a year to one's investors (the business owners) as a standard company practice.

Sample Cash Flow Statement

However, I have also heard that it is possible to place dividends paid under cash flow from financing activities. This also makes sense as the investors were the source of finance for the business, and paying them dividends is a sort of repayment to them. Since repayments of loans to the business also go under this section (cash flow from financing activities), it seems logical to also include dividends paid to investors here too. Both investments and loans are sources of finance, so paying them should also go under this section.

I would check with your accounting authority (teacher, lecturer or accounting standards board) in your area as to what they recommend as the preferred choice here.

Michael Celender

Comments for Dividends Paid under Financing or Operating Activities?

Click here to add your own comments

Wording on this post is incorrect
by: Anonymous

Dividends RECEIVED from their investments are part of CFO, but Dividends PAID are part of CFF.

Cash flow statement section
by: Dr accounting

Companies issue stock as a way to raise capital. So it's a financing source. Dividend payments would be shown in the financing activities section of the cash flow statement.

The operating section is for normal expenses relating to revenue generation. So paying of dividends would not go here. It is not directly related to revenue generation. And belongs under financing activities.

by: Anonymous

under operatinq activities because we get income

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Ask a Question About This Lesson!.

Enjoying this Website?
Help Support it with a Donation


Advertise on Accounting-Basics-for-Students.com

All the lessons on this site and much, much more...

Accounting Basics: Complete Guide

Available Now On

Get Your Degree!

Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.

Powered by

Subscribe to
The Student Accountant newsletter

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you The Student Accountant.