Brief Overview of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Impacts on Tax Provisions
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) changed a variety of tax law sections that have a flow-through impact on the tax provision in the financial statements. Some of the most significant changes, include:
- Staff Accounting Bulletin 118 (SAB118). SEC SAB 118 and related FASB ASU 2018-05 allowed companies to finalize and fully record the impact of TCJA on their 2017 financials, develop reasonable estimates of the impact, or record income tax accounting based on tax law in effect before the December 22, 2017 effective date. The rules required that those who used either of the last two options finalize and record the actual impact within one year of the effective date.
- Naked credit and valuation allowance considerations. Companies may need to reassess the amount of valuation allowance needed if a “naked credit” deferred tax liability (DTL) exists.
- GILTI and FDII. Year-end calculations of these amounts will require taxpayers to calculate the value of U.S. and foreign depreciable assets using the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS).
- ASC Topic 740-30-25 (Formerly: APB 23). The TCJA’s provisions related to deemed repatriation of earnings accumulated in overseas subsidiary has necessitated a revisiting of certain assertions that are the basis of financial statement presentation of accumulated overseas earnings.
- Return to Provision (RTP) Adjustments. This calculation was affected by the TCJA’s reduction in corporate tax rates. Because of the rate reduction from 35 percent to 21 percent effective January 1, 2018, a calendar year-end corporation’s tax rate will be affected by any RTP temporary adjustments.
- Fiscal-Year Filers. Fiscal-year filers who extended their returns have a variety of provisions to consider when preparing their tax returns. This includes a blended rate to reflect the months when the 35 percent rate applied and those covered by the 21 percent rate.
- Rate Reconciliation. Several provisions in the TCJA will affect the rate reconciliation in this year-end that have not had an effect in the past.
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