Fundamentals of Intermediate Accounting Weygandt, Keiso and Warfield

Chapter 14: Accounting for Income Taxes
Prepared by Bonnie Harrison, College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata, Maryland

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Chapter 14 Accounting for Income Taxes
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
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Identify differences between pretax financial income and taxable income. Describe a temporary difference that results in future taxable amounts. Describe a temporary difference that results in future deductible amounts. Explain the purpose of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Describe the presentation of income tax expense in the income statement.
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Chapter 14 Accounting for Income Tax
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Describe the various temporary and permanent differences. Explain the effect of various tax rates and tax rate changes on deferred income taxes. 7 Apply accounting procedures for a loss carryback and a loss carryforward. 8 Describe the presentation of deferred income taxes in financial statements. 9 Indicate the basic principles of the asset-liability method.
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Deferred Taxes: Basics
Deferred taxes arise when income tax expense differs from income tax liability x The tax expense is determined under GAAP x The income tax liability is determined under the Internal Revenue Code x Some of these differences are temporary and reverse over time x Others are permanent and do not reverse
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Temporary Differences: Examples
 Revenues and Gains, recognized in financial income, are later taxed for income tax purposes  Expenses and losses, recognized in financial income, are later deducted for income tax purposes  Revenues and gains are taxed for income tax purposes before they are recognized in financial income  Expenses and losses are deducted for income tax purposes before they are recognized in financial income
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Summary of Temporary Differences
When recorded Transaction in books Rev or Gain Rev or Gain Exp or Loss Exp or Loss Earlier Later Earlier Later When recorded on tax return Later Earlier Later Earlier Deferred tax effect Liability Asset Asset Liability

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Permanent Differences: Examples
 Items, recognized for financial accounting purposes, but not for income tax purposes: ² interest income received on tax exempt securities ² fines and expenses resulting from violations of law ² Premiums paid for life insurance on key officers/employees  Items, recognized for tax purposes, but not for financial accounting purposes: ² the dividends received deduction under the Code ² percentage depletion of natural resources in excess of their cost
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Summary of Permanent Differences
Sources of PERMANENT DIFFERENCES Sources of PERMANENT DIFFERENCES

Some items Some items Other items Other items

are recorded are recorded in Books in Books are NEVER are NEVER recorded in books recorded in books No deferred tax effects No deferred tax effects for permanent differences for permanent differences

but NEVER but NEVER on tax return on tax return but recorded but recorded on tax return on tax return

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Deferred Tax Asset & Deferred Tax Liability: Sources Deferred taxes may be a:  Deferred tax liability, or  Deferred tax asset y Deferred tax liability arises due to net taxable amounts in the future. y Deferred tax asset arises due to net deductible amounts in the future.
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Recording a Valuation Allowance for Doubtful Deferred Tax Assets
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If the deferred tax asset appears doubtful, a Valuation Allowance account is needed.

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Journal entry: Income Tax Expense

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Allowance to Reduce Asset to Expected $ The entry records a potential future tax benefit that is not expected to be realized in the future.

$$ Deferred Tax Realizable Value $

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Deferred Taxes: Applying Tax Rates
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Basic Rule: Apply the yearly tax rate to calculate deferred tax effects. If future tax rates change: use the enacted tax rate expected to apply in the future year If new rates are not yet enacted into law for future years, the current rate should be used The appropriate enacted rate for a year is the average tax rate [based on graduated tax brackets].
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Revision of Future Tax Rates
When a change in tax rate is enacted, its effect should be recorded immediately s The effect is reported as an adjustment to tax expense in the period of change s Changes in tax rates are treated just like any other change in estimate, prospectively s See example following slide
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Revision of Future Tax Rates: Example
x End of 2002, corporate tax rate is changed from 40% to 35% x The new rate is effective January 1, 2004 x The deferred tax account (1/1/2002) is as follows: x Excess tax depreciation: $3 million x Deferred tax liability: $1.2 million. x Related taxable amounts are expected to occur equally over 2003, 2004, and 2005. ² Provide the journal entry to reflect the change.
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Revision of Future Tax Rates: Example
x The deferred tax liability end of 2005 is as follows: Future tax inc Tax rate Deferred tax liability $400,000 350,000 350,000 x Entry: Deferred Tax Liability $100,000 Income Tax Expense $100,000*
*$1,200,000 - $1,100,000

2003 2004 $1,000,000 1,000,000 40% 35%

2005 1,000,000 35%

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Financial Statement Presentation
x Balance Sheet Presentation:  The deferred tax classification relates to its underlying asset or liability  Classify the deferred tax amounts as current or noncurrent  Sum the various deferred tax assets and liabilities classified as current  Sum the various deferred tax assets and liabilities classified as noncurrent
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Financial Statement Presentation
x Balance Sheet Presentation:  Sum the various deferred tax assets and liabilities classified as current: ² If net result is an asset, report as current asset ² If net result is a liability, report as current liability  Sum the various deferred tax assets and liabilities classified as noncurrent ² If net result is an asset, report as long-term asset ² If net result is a liability, report as long-term liability
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Income Statement Presentation
x Income tax expense, as allocated to: 1. Continuing operations 2. Discontinued operations 3. Extraordinary items 4. Cumulative effect of an accounting change, and 5. Prior period adjustments x Disclose other significant components, such as: current tax expense, deferred tax expense/benefit,etc.
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Net Operating Losses [NOLs]: Basic Terminology

Net operating loss is a tax terminology q A net operating loss occurs when tax deductions for a year exceed taxable revenues q Net loss or operating loss is a financial accounting term q NOL can be derived from net loss: but these two amounts must be kept separately
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NOLs: Rules of Application
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NOL for each tax year is computed The NOL of one year can be applied to offset taxable income of other years, possibly resulting tax refunds NOLs can be: carried back 2 years and carried forward 20 years (carryback option), or carried forward 20 years (carryforward only)

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Net Operating Loss: Carryback rules.
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If NOLs are carried back 2 years and carried forward 20 years: NOL is applied to the earlier of the 2 year period, then to the immediately preceding year etc Remaining NOLs are applied to the following 20 year period Any tax refunds are reported in the year of the original net operating loss

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NOL Carryback Rules: continued
2001 2002 2003 Tax years 2004 2005
next Apply first NOL 2004 Loss carryforward 20 years forward

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Expect tax refund here

Record all tax effects here

Expect tax shield here
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NOL Carryforward Rules
Tax years 2001 2002 2003 2004 NOL 2004 2053 2006 2007 2024

Forgo 2 year rule

Loss carryforward 20 years forward

Record all tax effects here

Expect tax shield here
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Basic Principles of Asset-Liability Method
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A current tax liability or asset is recognized for the estimated taxes payable or refundable on the tax return for current year A deferred tax liability or asset is recognized for the estimated future tax effects attributable to temporary differences and carryforwards The measurement of current and deferred tax liabilities and assets is based on provisions of enacted tax law, effects of future changes in tax law or rates are not anticipated The measurement of deferred tax assets is reduced, if necessary, by the amount of any tax benefits that are not expected to be realized
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