Net profit excludes the costs of interest and taxes paid by the company. It is sometimes referred to as the firm’s “bottom line” because it is at the bottom of the income statement.
Net profit is calculated by deducting interest and tax expenses from earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT).
The bottom line indicates how profitable a company was during a given period and how much money is available for dividends and retained earnings. What is left over can be used to pay down debts, fund projects, or reinvest in the business.
Since a business is taxed on its net profit, it is critical to plan ahead of time for the tax liability. This is accomplished by keeping track of the net profit amount, putting some revenue aside in a separate savings account, or paying estimated taxes every quarter (like employer withholding).
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