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Next Wave Prepares to Report Uncertain Tax Positions

Tammy Whitehouse | November 27, 2012

As the year draws to a close, tax departments have more to worry about than just the fiscal cliff and potential tax hikes.

Companies are preparing to close the books on 2012, and this year a new set of companies will be swept into reporting uncertain tax positions. That means tax departments are busy shoring up uncertainties and planning how they will deal with varied unresolved tax issues.

The end of 2012 marks a reporting milestone for companies with assets of at least $50 million, which will be required for the first time to include with their corporate tax returns Schedule UTP on uncertain tax positions. First introduced for larger companies in 2010, Schedule UTP is a form that requires companies to describe benefits they've taken in their tax returns that could face trouble when scrutinized by tax authorities and could be reversed at some point.

The advent of Schedule UTP, which followed a similar requirement under accounting rules for financial... To get the full story, subscribe now.