excess profits tax

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Excess profits tax

Additional federal taxes placed on the earnings of a business, used only in time of national emergency such as war.

Excess Profits Tax

A tax imposed on a company's profits over a certain amount. Excess profit taxes are imposed in order to generate more revenue for the government, especially during national emergencies. In the United States, excess profit taxes have been implemented during wartime. There are also periodic debates on whether to impose an excess profit tax on private industries thought to be necessary for consumers in order to discourage profiteering or price gouging. Particularly, oil and gas companies have been targeted for this form of the excess profit tax. See also: Windfall Tax.

excess profits tax

A temporary tax levied on business profits during a period of national emergency. For example, the federal government may levy an additional corporate income tax during wartime to generate extra government revenues.
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71% tax on profits above a threshold level, a result it described as "a classic excess profits tax.
Nonetheless, McLure and Zodrow demonstrate that from an economic standpoint, both of these taxes are equivalent to an excess profits tax.
On the other hand, the harsh winter weather as well as the delays with our drilling program and imposition of the Kazakh Excess Profits Tax has adversely impacted our results.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS ($000, except share data) Quarter Ended March 31 2006 2005 Revenue 53,450 24,327 Cost and expenses (20,630) (14,103) Excess Profits Tax (4,426) - Other income/(expense) (607) (1,132) Minority interests (7,729) (2,822) Income tax expense (10,200) (2,436) Net income available to common stockholders 9,858 3,834 Basic earnings per share: Net income per share $ 0.
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5] An additional "declared value" excess profits tax, based on profits in excess of a percentage of the value of corporate stock, was in effect from 1933 through 1945.
It was taken into account, as either a deduction or a credit, for the income tax and the other excess profits tax.
7] From June 1940 to the end of 1945, a tax on profits in excess of average prewar earnings was also imposed, it was taken into account, as either a deduction or a credit, for the income tax and the other excess profits tax.
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