Should you keep a spreadsheet on the differences between the AAA and retained earnings from year to year?

U.S. Business Taxpayers reporting income using IRS Form 1120S who like to drill down into the tax forms my team prepares usually tend to get a little freaky over the Accumulated Adjustment Account (AAA) reported on Schedule M-2, specifically why the entry doesn’t tie out to what their books and records show for retained earnings. Rightfully…

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General Rules for S-Corporation Distributions A Random Walk Down IRC 1368

Unless you elect different treatment, for shareholder income tax purposes S corporation distributions are applied in the following order: 1. To reduce the Accumulated Adjustment Account (AAA) determined without regard to any net negative adjustment for the tax year but not below zero. According to IRC 1368 if distributions during the tax year exceed the AAA…

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