Tax consequences of deferred income

stefanboro Registered Posts: 187 Dedicated contributor 🦉
This is a bit technical.

I know perfectly well how to account for deferred income - when you make a sale:

Cr Deferred Income (BAL SHEET LIABILITY)

Then over the relevant time period leak the amount into the profit and loss:

Dr Deferred Income (BAL SHEET LIABILITY)
Cr Sales (PNL)

Fine and dandy.

Can anyone then point me in the direction to find the tax restrictions of this sort of accounting treatment. I am looking in BIM31000 but nothing jumps out at me.

Many thanks!


  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I don't know the chapter and verse, but my understanding is that if the general accruals concept is applied to income, such as deferred income, the tax treatment usually follows the accounting treatment.

    Illustrated here

    Do you have a specific scenario that differs from a "bog standard" deferred income situation?
  • AK002
    AK002 Registered Posts: 2,492 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I'm with Monsoon.

    Thought it was just taxed as normal in the year it takes place.
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