How to make the most (or least) of business losses
Abstract: There are many strategies for minimizing your company’s tax bill. Not earning enough income to cover your expenses — though effective — isn’t the best approach. But for a new company that hasn’t yet started turning a profit or a mature business being squeezed by a sluggish economy, losses happen. No one likes to lose money, but the tax code softens the blow somewhat by allowing you to use a net operating loss (NOL) to offset income in previous or future years. Carrying back an NOL can be particularly beneficial because it can provide you with an immediate tax refund at a time when you may need an infusion of cash. This article reviews tactics for when to claim an NOL and carry it forward or back.