A corporation is liable for the AET when it accumulates earnings beyond the accumulated earnings credit of 250000 or its reasonable business needs whichever is greater. AET is only a tax on ATI. However, undistributed prior-year earnings still factor into the calculation of whether total accumulated earnings exceed the accumulated earnings credit or reasonable business need.
In one of their questions in the tests,
they are deducting prior year earnings from 250000 to arrive at accumulated earning credit. However, I could not find any explanation as to why that was done. Should not AEC = 250000 + reasonable business need ?
can someone please throw some light since I am getting different information from different sources?