What is FIN 48 Uncertain tax positions?

What is FIN 48 Uncertain tax positions?

What is FIN 48 Uncertain tax positions?

FIN 48 Overview FIN 48 amends and interprets Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (FAS) No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes. It creates the need to identify and measure uncertain tax positions for potential accrual and disclosure in a company’s financial statements. The evaluation is a two-step process.

What is a FIN 48 disclosure?

48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (FIN 48) requires companies to recognize, measure, present and disclose uncertain tax positions they take, or expect to take, in their tax returns.

What is the more likely than not standard?

“More likely than not” (which is the standard that applies to a tax shelter or a reportable transaction to which Sec. 6662A applies) is defined as being of the reasonable belief that the position would more likely than not be sustained on its merits (Sec.

What is FIN 48 interest?

FIN 48 requires a company to accrue interest and penalties when there is underpayment of taxes, based on management’s best estimate of the amount ultimately to be paid (not considering detection risk) in the same period that 1) the interest would begin accruing or 2) the penalties would first be assessed.

What is FIN 48 called now?

ASC 740, formerly known as FIN 48, offers guidance on uncertain tax positions. It is broad in scope and now applies to both nonprofit and for-profit entities.

What does uncertain tax position mean?

The IRS defines a UTP as a position taken on a tax return for which the corporation or a related party has recorded a reserve in its audited financial statements. A UTP also refers to instances in which a company hasn’t recorded a reserve for the position because it expects to litigate it.

What does more likely than not mean at legal?

More likely than not means evidence reasonably tending to support the conclusion. Evidence that is competent, relevant, and material, and which to a rational and impartial mind naturally leads, or involuntarily leads to conclusion for which there is valid, just and reasonable substantiation.

Is FIN 48 the same as ASC 740?

What percentage is more likely than not?

Likelihood of an outcome or result “Very likely” means greater than 90 percent. “Likely” means greater than 66 percent. “More likely than not” means greater than 50 percent.

What is the definition of more than likely?

Definition of more than likely 1 : very probable or likely It’s more than likely that this problem will occur again. 2 : more likely than not : probably She will more than likely not get the job.

When will disclosures be required Under FIN 48?

Disclosure will be required not only for items for which reserves are created under FIN 48, but for some positions for which no reserve was created due to factors such as taxpayer plans to litigate.

Does Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) interpretation FIN 48 force disclosures of uncertainty?

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Interpretation No. 48 (FIN 48), Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, potentially forces disclosure of uncertain tax positions in GAAP-based financial statements.

What are the FIN 48 requirements for year end statements?

In addition to accruing the tax, FIN 48 requires disclosures in footnotes to the financial statements. Year end statements must include: A tabular reconciliation of unrecognized tax benefits, The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would affect the effective tax rate,

Should applying FIN 48 be difficult?

Applying FIN 48 is complicated by also having to estimate outcomes for each probability of occurrence. Auditors no longer have the choice to avoid the tangled web surrounding uncertain tax positions—FIN 48 requires them to take it head-on.