Superior Developers sells lots for residential development. When lots are sold, Superior recognizes income for financial reporting purposes in the year of the sale. For some lots, Superior recognizes income for tax purposes when collected. In the prior year, income recognized for financial reporting purposes for lots sold this way was \$20 million, which would be collected equally over the next two years. The enacted tax rate was 40%. This year, a new tax law was enacted, revising the tax rate from 40% to 35% beginning next year. Calculate the amount by which Superior should reduce its deferred tax liability this year.

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Asked Jan 21, 2020
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Superior Developers sells lots for residential development. When lots are sold, Superior recognizes income for financial reporting purposes in the year of the sale. For some lots, Superior recognizes income for tax purposes when collected. In the prior year, income recognized for financial reporting purposes for lots sold this way was \$20 million, which would be collected equally over the next two years. The enacted tax rate was 40%. This year, a new tax law was enacted, revising the tax rate from 40% to 35% beginning next year. Calculate the amount by which Superior should reduce its deferred tax liability this year.

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Temporary Difference

Temporary difference refers to the difference of one income recognized by the tax rules and accounting rules of a company in different periods. Consequently the difference between the amount of assets and liabilities reported in the financial reports and the amount of assets and liabilities as per the company’s tax records is known as temporary difference.

Deferred Tax

Deferred tax account shows the amount of reconciliation, which occurs due to the difference between the income tax expense account and the income tax payable account.

Deferred tax liability:

When the Income Tax Expense account i.e. the estimated income tax amount is less than the outstanding amount of income tax i.e. the Income Tax Payable account, the difference is to be credited to Deferred Tax Liability account.

Step 2

Determine the amount by which Superior Developers redu...

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