Profit refers the earnings from the business operations. It customarily means the bottom line of the business income statement or its profit and loss statement. For many business owners, it refers to the amount earned before income taxes are paid. However, this is not correct.
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes uses the acronym EBIT. It identifies the core earnings related to operations unrelated to financing activities or governmental taxation. This term has significant importance in high capital costs related activities such as multi-family housing, site development companies, shipyards and similar equipment intensive operations. The acronym is rarely used in small business as financing is customarily not intensive due to banking/lending restrictions.