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Deferred Income Tax

On a balance sheet, a tax that a company will owe on its income, but that has not yet been assessed. Because of differences between tax regulations and the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, income may be recognized on a balance sheet for accounting purposes, but not for tax purposes. However, that income will eventually be recognized for tax purposes and income tax will then be assessed. This tax is called deferred income tax, and is recorded as a liability on the balance sheet.

deferred income tax

A liability created by income recognized for accounting purposes but not for tax purposes. The liability recognizes future taxes due when earned income is later reported for tax purposes. Use of accelerated depreciation for reporting to the Internal Revenue Service and straight-line depreciation for reporting to stockholders is one of the major reasons a firm includes deferred income taxes as a liability on its balance sheet.
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The deferred income tax liability shows a corresponding decrease to $1062, a reduction of 76% as compared to the level prior to the impairment.
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The PFA will allow for accelerated depreciation of certain fixed assets, and result in a reduction in the Company's current income tax liability for 2006 and a corresponding increase in its net deferred income tax liability.
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