List Down: What Are Some Examples of a Deferred Tax Liability?
Aug 16, 2022 By Triston Martin


Take, for instance, the widely used Bed Bath & Beyond coupons. Let's imagine that Bed Bath & Beyond issued you a 50% off coupon one month, a 40% off coupon the next, a 30% off coupon the following, and so on, steadily reducing the discount until they sent you a coupon that increased the price by 30%. You received a considerably more significant discount up front that you gradually paid back over time, but you ultimately saved an average of 20% with each coupon. It would help if you started saving money to be ready for the month when Bed Bath & Beyond purchases cost 30% extra. The deferred tax liability for ADSs is summarised in that manner.

How is a Deferred Tax Liability or Asset Created?

A wide range of transactions that cause momentary differences between pre-tax book revenue and taxable income can give rise to deferred tax assets and liabilities. Tax accounting is already challenging to study without adding deferred tax assets and liabilities.

Accelerated Asset Depreciation Example

401(k) plans are a typical example of tax-deferred commitments for individuals (k). Taxes on your 401(k) retirement plan contributions can be postponed for a while. You won't be taxed on your 401(k) contributions until you take the money out, which may be years from now. The business sets aside funds to pay for future costs similar to this.

Recognition and De-recognition

Before a deferred tax position may be recorded, the future event that will give rise to tax liability must be "more likely than not" to happen. Tax liabilities are taxes that have been postponed until a later date. Liabilities can either be equity or equity. Assets are frequently categorized as equity in companies that use accelerated depreciation for tax purposes but not for financial reporting.

The corporation must reverse and declare any deferred tax liabilities for which the more-likely-than-not factor is no longer accurate in the reporting period in which the change first becomes apparent. The company might be compelled to take a write-down to amend earlier financial statements if the de-recognition of the liability resulted in a significant shift in the profit and loss statement or the income statement.

Example 1

The trial balance shows a $1,500 credit for the deferred tax liability. The notes that go with the question could mention any of the following:

The annual deferred tax liability is $2,500. According to the year-end analysis, the deferred tax liability needed to be increased by $1,000. There are $10,000 in taxable transitory variations as the fiscal year ends. A tax of 25% will raise the sum. The amount of year-end taxable temporary differences increased by $4,000. Taxes are a handy tool for calculating an additional amount that can be considered in the equation at 25%. Finding the equivalent always yields the missing number.

Example 2

Consider a corporation that uses the straight-line method for financial reporting but the accelerated depreciation technique for tax purposes. A corporation has a deferred tax liability when it anticipates paying more income tax in the future due to a transaction that occurred in the current quarter, such as a deferred installment sale receivable.

Please see below the company's income statement for financial reporting (as reported to the shareholders). To emphasize this point, neither revenue nor costs have been changed. If the asset is valued at $1,000 and has a three-year useful life, its value will decrease by $333 in the first two years and $334 in the third.

Example 3

Please be advised that the annual tax expense is $350. Assume the company files its tax returns using the accelerated depreciation method, and the depreciation profile is as follows: $500 in year one and $500 in year two. The tax obligation is $300 in Year 1, $300 in Year 2, and $450 in Year 3. Deferred taxes result from using two different types of depreciation for accounting and tax purposes, as previously indicated.


The FR financial reporting norm mandates that any deferred tax be recognized as a liability in the IFRS statement of financial position. A deferred tax liability, as defined by International Accounting Standard 12, is the sum of income tax that will be due for transitory taxable differences in future periods. Deferred tax can be characterized as a tax obligation that is put off until a later time for this reason. To fully understand this remark, it's necessary to define what "temporal discrepancies" are.