Tax Accounting: Unravelling the Mystery of Income Taxes (Second Revised Edition)

Explaining the essence of tax accounting, this book provides a detailed methodology to compute, determine and disclose the tax consequences in the financial statements of a company.

Why this book?

Since the publication of the first edition of the book in 2015, numerous changes have taken place in the world of tax accounting. In addition to compressed close cycles and new reporting considerations and standards, companies are facing challenges due to increased regulatory scrutiny over income tax disclosures and account balances. At the same time, today’s complex business and tax environment has resulted in ever-increasing demands for transparency and tax reporting standards at all levels. Public deficits due to COVID-19 support packages will only trigger more public attention to tax affairs. Moreover, guidance has been issued on good tax governance and/or tax risk management, and tax reporting and compliance by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the newly developed GRI 207: Tax 2019, which is the first public global standard for comprehensive tax disclosures.

As with the previous edition, the basis of the book remains a ten-step methodology for accounting for income taxes, which can be applied in jurisdictions across the globe. The methodology presented is primarily based on the global accounting standard, namely the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), with specific attention to US GAAP and some local standards. This methodology is comprehensive and complete. This updated edition covers the latest IFRS and IFRIC guidance for income taxes. Essentially, all chapters have been rewritten to cover new developments such as (i) digital services taxes; (ii) IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments; (iii) tax accounting and tax risk management checklists; (iv) the impact of technology and new transparency initiatives; and (v) the impact of COVID-19 on companies.

The impact of COVID-19 on the results of companies’ operations is discussed, consideration being given to the challenges the current market volatility may present for companies closing their financial statements. Other issues addressed include deferred tax assets recognition, impairment, increased need of cash by a group and distribution of dividends, and government grants and reliefs. Finally, a case study gives the reader a better understanding on how to arrive at the correct tax figures and disclosure notes, and in doing so truly unravels the mystery of how the reported income taxes can be explained.

Benefitting from the extensive insight and experience of the authors, the book will serve as a valuable reference tool to assist tax accountants, (tax) auditors, tax authorities, legislators, tax practitioners, and tax managers and directors in their daily practice, as well as a guideline for newcomers to the tax accounting environment.


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Khadija Baggerman-Noudari, Anuschka Bakker, Tjeerd van den Berg, Koen De Grave, Eva Eberhartinger, Eduardo Flöring, Ronel Fourie, Patrick van Gerven, Young Hwa An, Elisabeth Höltschl, Frank Imming, Heather Jurek, Mark Koek, Scott Miller, Jorge Molina, Marcin Partyka, Alexandra Patloch-Kofler, Paul Pellegrine and Konstantin Smolsky.