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Is a liquidating dividend recorded as dividend income?

No, if a company issues a liquidating dividend, that means they are liquidating the company and returning the money to shareholders. The company receiving the liquidating dividend would reduce the investment amount on the balance sheet by the dividend. Only nonliquidating dividends are recorded as dividend income in the income statement.

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