Accounting for deferred taxes
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Deferred tax liability is a tax that is assessed or is due for the current period but has not yet been paid. … A deferred tax liability records the fact the company will, in the future, pay more income tax because of a transaction that took place during the current period, such as an installment sale receivable.
The simplest example of a deferred tax asset is the carryover of losses. If a business incurs a loss in a financial year, it usually is entitled to use that loss in order to lower its taxable income in the following years. 2 In that sense, the loss is an asset.
The deferred tax liability represents an obligation to pay taxes in the future. The obligation originates when a company delays an event that would cause it to also recognize tax expenses in the current period. … One of the most common causes of deferred tax liabilities comes from varying asset depreciation schedules.