When can I pay dividends?

Last updated: March 29, 2018

Paying dividends assumes that your business has made profit in the past, i.e. dividends may be paid to the shareholders from net profit or from retained profit from previous years. In order to pay dividends, the annual report with the necessary annex needs to be reported by LeapIN and approved/signed by the owner of the company.

A standard financial year for your company via LeapIN starts on January 1st and the financial year is 12 months long.

For example, if you start your company after July 1st (in Q3 or Q4 of the first year) then LeapIN consolidates this period and the next year into one financial year by default. You’d need to submit your first annual report after the end of the second financial year and you can pay dividends in the beginning of the third year at the earliest.

However if a company which was registered in Q3-Q4 of the first year earns profit during this period and wishes to pay dividends earlier, then LeapIN can submit the annual report in Q1 of the second year if requested. In this case, the company can pay dividends already at the beginning of the second year.

Taxes on dividends are paid when you make the actual dividend payment (not when declaring the dividends). With LeapIN, the dividend payouts can be made once per financial quarter if your annual report has been confirmed.

Paying dividends before declaring them with the annual report is not an option.

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