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What does is mean for shares to be fully paid, unpaid or partly paid?

Fully paid shares are shares issued for which no more money is required to be paid to the company by shareholders on the value of the shares. When a company issues shares upon incorporation or through an initial or secondary issuance, shareholders are required to pay a set amount for those shares. Once the company has received the full amount from shareholders, the shares become fully paid shares.

In contrast, with unpaid shares none of the value of the shares is paid into a nominal account at the point the shares are issued, although the shareholder retains the liability to pay at a later date. Shares can also be partly paid, where part of the value is paid up front but with an amount remaining unpaid until a later point in time.