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In accounting, a way for a company to reduce its tax liability by applying losses to future tax years in which the company makes a profit. That is, carryforward allows companies to apply losses to profits that have not yet occurred and thereby reduce the taxes they pay on those profits. Carryforward is limited to seven years. For example, suppose a company loses $500,000 in year one, then nets $1,000,000 in year five. The company may carry forward the losses and only be liable for taxes on $500,000 of its profit in year five.

Independent contractors who file Schedule C with the IRS are required to use carryforwards, which is useful since most independent contractors lose money in their first few years of business. Some publicly-traded companies opt not to use it, as appearing to reduce profits may scare off potential investors who do not realize that the profits upon which taxes are paid do not equal the company's actual profits.


1. A business operating loss that, for tax purposes, may be claimed a certain number of years in the future, often up to 15 years. Thus, a loss in one year would be carried forward to a future year and used to offset profits up to the amount of the carryforward. Carryforwards are especially useful to firms operating in cyclical industries such as transportation. Also called tax loss carryforward.
2. In taxation of individuals, net capital losses exceeding the annual limit of $3,000 that may be carried to succeeding years so as to offset capital gains or ordinary income. There is no limit on the amount of capital losses that may be used to offset capital gains in any one year, only on the amount of losses in excess of gains that may be used to offset income. Also called carryover.
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Clumsily they carry forward the torch of the sun, until such time as the nation sees fit to take it up.
He came to me, and left with me, among some other things, a picture--a portrait painted by himself--a likeness of this poor girl--which he did not wish to leave behind, and could not carry forward on his hasty journey.
The first, great white hairless face, double chin, prominent stomach, which he seemed to carry forward consciously within a strongly distended overcoat, only nodded and averted his eyes peevishly; his companion--lean, flushed cheekbones, a military red moustache below a sharp, salient nose--approached at once Sophia Antonovna, greeting her warmly.
Austin, Texas, USA, said the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has concluded its examination of the company's tax returns, its net operating losses, and minimum tax credit carry forwards through 1996.
The Company also reported that it will be making non-cash tax adjustments and restating its previously reported net income for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 due to the applicability of an accounting principle covering use of pre-emergence bankruptcy net operating loss ("NOL") carry forwards.
The Company intends to explore ways to preserve these net operating loss carry forwards, which we view as valuable tax assets.
15 (closing price on May 30, 2006), the pre-tax proceeds of the sale would amount to $700 million and all capital gains on the sale would be fully covered by the deductible portion of the settlement payment and Vivendi's US tax loss carry forwards.
GY's ratings benefit from the company's sizable landholdings in the Sacramento, CA area; tax loss carry forwards that may allow the company to offset pretax profits in excess of $350 million at the federal level and $275 million at the state level; the global settlement with the government that provides for up to 88% reimbursement for most of GY's environmental remediation costs; the renegotiating of the Atlas contract, which will allow GY to cease production by the end of fiscal 2007 if it does not receive better terms; the completion of its transformation into a company focused on real estate and aerospace and defense (Aerojet); fully funded pension plans; a positive defense spending environment; and the resolution of a number of outstanding lawsuits.
These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual effective tax rate to differ materially from that anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to factors that include changes in or interpretations of tax laws in any given jurisdiction, utilization of net operating losses and tax credit carry forwards, changes in geographical allocation of income and expense, and changes in management's assessment of matters such as the realizability of deferred tax assets, as well as generally those additional factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, and subsequent filings, available from the SEC's Edgar database at www.
The Company has regular Federal tax loss carry forwards of approximately $29 million that expire at various intervals from 2013 to 2021.
2 million (after the income tax benefit of loss carry forwards of $2.
Although no final decisions have been made, the Board is considering (i) taking steps to help preserve the Company's net operating loss carry forwards and (ii) acquiring one or more established businesses.