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Does Your Apportionment Accurately Reflect Your Business Activity in a State?

In other words, does your apportionment result in a fair and accurate portion of your federal taxable income being taxed by the applicable state? If not, then opportunities may exist to utilize an "alternative apportionment method."AN ALTERNATIVE APPORTIONMENT METHOD

Some, if not all, states provide an opportunity to request or use an "alternative apportionment method" when the standard apportionment method creates "distortion" or does not properly reflect the amount of business activity in the state.

I'll be honest, the request for alternative apportionment is not an easy one, but when the apportionment factor results in a questionable amount of your taxable income being taxed in a state where you really have very little business activity, an alternative apportionment method may be the solution.

With the states on the perpetual march to lower the threshold of obtaining "nexus" or a taxable presence in a state, the apportionment factor is a way to help ensure that a state does not tax more than its "fair share" of income.

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Brian Strahle is the owner of LEVERAGE SALT, LLC where he provides state and local tax technical services to accounting firms, law firms and tax research organizations across the United States.  He also writes a weekly column in Tax Analysts State Tax Notes entitled, "The SALT Effect."  For more info, visit his website:

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