[ kar-ee-bak ]

  1. (in U.S. income-tax law) a special provision allowing part of a net loss or of an unused credit in a given year to be apportioned over one or two preceding years, chiefly in order to ease the tax burden.: Compare carry·forward (def. 2).

Origin of carryback

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase carry back

Words Nearby carryback Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for carry back

carry back

/ tax accounting /

  1. (tr, adverb) to apply (a legally permitted credit, esp an operating loss) to the taxable income of previous years in order to ease the overall tax burden

  1. an amount carried back

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