Carryback

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Carryback

Carryback

In accounting, a way for a company to reduce its tax liability by applying a net operating loss to previous years in which it made a profit. If a company deducts more than its net income in a given tax year, it may take the difference between the deduction and the net income (a negative number) and apply it as a deduction on taxable income for the previous five years. For example, if a company makes $1,000,000 in one year, and loses $500,000 the following year, it may only be liable for a $500,000 profit on the year it makes a profit. That is, it may receive a tax refund on part of what it paid for the profitable year. See also: Future Income Tax.

carryback

A business operating loss that, for tax purposes, may be deducted for a certain number of prior years, usually no more than three. A business uses a carryback to recover taxes paid on income earned in prior years. For example, if a firm experiences a year of large losses following a period of profitable operations, it may use the losses to cancel out profits from preceding years on which taxes have been paid. When the taxes a company paid on profits are canceled because of a carryback, the firm is issued a refund by the Internal Revenue Service. Also called carryover, tax loss carryback.
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3 /PRNewswire/ -- Stewart Information Services Corporation announced today that year-end transactions involving its investment portfolio will reduce 1994 fourth quarter earnings by approximately $800,000, or 14 cents per share, while allowing the company to recover certain tax loss carrybacks and increase future income from its portfolio.
As reported earlier, the bonds were sold to recover tax loss carrybacks that otherwise would have expired and to increase future income from the portfolio.
The company has used up its tax loss carrybacks in Germany.