The Taxable Year

The Taxable Year

Learn about the concept of the taxable year and how it often, but not always, coincides with the calendar year.


In this lesson, we'll study the taxable year. We'll learn about the difference between transactional and annual accounting, how the federal tax system adopts annual accounting, and how annual accounting gives rise to the bedrock principle that each taxable year exists by itself. Finally, we'll briefly survey the taxable years available to taxpayers.

Transactional v. Annual Accounting

For any system of taxation to be viable, taxpayers must be required to account for taxable events and pay tax...