Deferred Tax Liability

What is Deferred Tax Liability in a Company’s Accounts?

A section on the balance sheet of a company tends to record the taxes that are owed by the company but are not due at the same time comes under deferred tax liability. This deferment in tax liability happens because of the difference in timings that is between the time when the tax was accused and the time of due date to pay.

Moreover, it represents that what taxes are to be paid in the future. In case an individual or a company intends to make a delay in the event due to which current period tax expenses are recognised, this originates the obligation. Before we tend to delve into further discussion, let’s have a look at the focused points of discussion in today’s articles. This includes the following:


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  •  Why Deferred Tax Liability
  • How Does It Work?
  • The Bottom Line


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Why Deferred Tax Liability?

There are several adjustments that are made at the time of charging corporation tax for a limited company. Depreciation charge is the prominent one out of all these that are on fixed assets like the assets that have lived for more than a year for example computers, machinery, and plant. Such charges will not be allowed for any adjustments but the company can claim the allowance on this.

Now, this capital allowance is way more generous than the depreciation charge is. This explains that the calculation of the depreciation tax charge will go higher than the calculations of the corporation tax in the initial year and vice versa in the future. However, it is important to clearly know the deferred tax charges in order to avoid over profit estimation for the company.


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How Does It Work?

As we know now that deferred tax charges are the one that makes the company liable for paying tax in the future and do not overestimate the profits which leads to clear results about the profits and the growth of a company.

As it is a kind of underpayment that is to be handled in the future by the company doesn’t mean that the current tax obligation is not fulfilled by the company, but, the payment recognition that is yet to be paid. For instance, a company that is earning net income for many years clearly know that it has to pay the future corporation tax. Now, this tax liability is known to b applied in the same year, the expense must belong to the same period of time as well. Moreover, the tax will be paid in the next year.

The purpose of taking it as deferred tax liability is to handle the time difference as mentioned above.


The Bottom Line:

Now that you have developed a better understanding of Deferred Tax Liability, we can sum up the discussion by saying that on a balance sheet of the company, this deferred tax helps to reduce the cash flow that the company might spend in case it doesn’t see the future due tax well. It also helps to reserve the money for a known expense of the future.

For the specific purpose, the company spends the money by taking it as part of the profit can cause business troubles. We hope this article helped to develop a better understanding and you will avoid discussed troubles for better growth of your company.


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