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Where does a dividend that has been paid appear in the Balance Sheet? Where does a dividend tha


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When a dividend is paid it is subtracted from the profits. In other words, it shows up in the balance sheet as a subtraction from the retained earnings (or reserves) of the company. (Strictly speaking, dividends are subtracted first, so they never appear as reserves as such.) If a dividend is liable to be paid, then it must appear as a current liability. When the dividend is paid, the cash of the company is reduced by the amount of the dividend.
Contents of
Balance Sheet

1 The Balance Sheet: What does the company own?
2 Current Assets and Liabilities
3 Creditors and debtors
4 Capital and Reserves
5 The balance sheet
6 Types of share
7 Ordinary shares
8 Preference shares
9 Debenture
10 Above the line and below the line in a balance sheet
11 Share premium
12 Analysis of Assets and Liabilities
13 Provision for bad debts
14 Subdivisions of current liabilities
15 What is meant by capital?
16 What is the difference between capital and money?
17 What is meant by a liability?
18 What is meant by an asset?
19 Are all the assets employed in a company generally owned by the owners of the company?
20 Debtor
21 Creditor
22 Current asset
23 Current liability
24 Solvent
25 Cash flow crisis
26 Bankrupt
27 Liquidate
28 Net current assets
29 Long-term liabilities
30 Net assets
31 Capital
32 What is limited liability? How does limited liability protect entrepreneurs and investors from
33 What is meant by the term reserves?
34 Why do we distinguish between loans and bank loans?
35 Why are loans from directors generally more important to small companies than to large companies?
36 Make two lists showing (1) the similarities between ordinary and preference shares; and (2) the diff
37 Why are debentures regarded as long-term liabilities, and not as capital?
38 Why would you be prepared to pay more than 1 for a share with a nominal value of 1?
39 Why do companies that are quoted on the stock exchange need a minimum share issue?
40 How do companies distribute profits?
41 Using examples, explain the difference between fixed assets and current assets.
42 In what sense can fixed assets be regarded as being used up in the production cycle?
43 Are creditors assets or liabilities? Are debtors assets or liabilities?
44 What are bad debts? How can bad debts cause a company to have a cash flow crisis?
45 Under what circumstances is it a problem for a company to run its production cycle on an overdraft&#
46 Where does a dividend that has been paid appear in the Balance Sheet? Where does a dividend tha
47 Accounting Exercise : East West Tools Company Limited
48 Accounting Exercise 3: The Bright Sheet Company Limited

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