No other business term is so misunderstood, misstated, misleading or deceiving as the words ‘net profit’. Accounting defines net profit as the amount earned after all associated costs and expenses are subtracted from the associated sales. The larger or more public the company the more reliable the dollar value as stated on the bottom line. But in small business, the more likely the value is inaccurate as stated in the financial report.
Profit is the net income earned after all costs and expenses have been deducted from total revenues. It is generally understood to mean the after tax earnings. However, profit should always be qualified and taken in context when discussed as there are several different meanings and conditions that impact its interpretation by business entrepreneurs.
Micro businesses are all around us. Often overlooked and rarely given a second thought they are the backbone of our economic system. From the local beauty salon to the Mom and Pop pizza shop; micro businesses are everywhere. Micro business is defined as the small closely held operation that provides a family a supplemental or primary source of income.
Profit shifting in business is a term with two different interpretations. The more modern use of profit shifting refers to large multinational U.S. based companies shifting their respective profits to other nations with a friendlier and lower income tax rates. This article is written to explain the older and more traditional meaning of profit shifting specifically as it relates to small business.