Book Profit

Book profits refer to the profit earned by the business entity from its operations and activities and is calculated by deducting all the business expenses incurred within a financial year from all the sales revenue and other income generated from the selling of goods & services within that same financial year.

Book Profit Meaning

We can define Book profit as the leftover money after the entity pays off all its expenses and as shown in the statement of profit and loss. In other words, it refers to money earned by an entity during a financial year by selling products and services deducted by all the expenses incurred during the same financial year.

Book Profit = Revenues – Expenses
Book Profit

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How to Calculate Book Profit from Cash Profit?

Book profit, as we have discussed, is the profit as shown in profit and loss account of the entity and considered to be the actual profits because it considered all cash and non-cash transactionsNon-cash TransactionsNon-cash expenses are those expenses recorded in the firm's income statement for the period under consideration; such costs are not paid or dealt with in cash by the firm. It involves expenses such as more. Like revenue generated through sales made on credit and charging annual depreciation, in which no actual cash transaction occurs and are just book entries.

Cash profit is the surplus generated through actual cash flows occurred within an entity. That means it is calculated by subtracting all the cash outflows (including all paid expenses like salary, rent, bills, etc.) from the cash inflows (including cash sales). Cash profit can also be calculated using book profits by adding back all the non-cash expenses (like depreciation debited in Profit and loss account and subtracting the non-cash revenues (like credit sales).

Cash Profit = Book Profit + Non-Cash Expenses – Non Cash Revenues
Or Book Profit = Cash Profit – Non-Cash Expenses + Non-Cash Revenues

Book Profit calculation Example

The Cash Profit, as calculated by Mr. Solo, the owner of a sole proprietorship firm amounted to $10,000 in the previous year based on actual recipes and payments. Mr. Solo charges an annual depreciation of $800 on its assets. The credit sales (not included in cash profit) made during the year amounted to $2300. Mr. Solo wants to find Book Profits.


Book Profit Example 1

= $ (10000 – 800 + 2300) = $11500

Book Profit: Financial Instruments or Investment Tools

The profits made on investments that have not been realized yet are called book profits. That means when example, the current value of securities becomes higher than the actual cost paid, and the securities are yet not sold but still owned by the holder, then such profits are termed as book profits.


Let’s say Mr. John bought 100 shares of ABC Ltd at the rate of $90 per share a year ago in January 2018. The stock during January 2019 is trading at a price of $95. John being a long term investor, is expecting the prices of the stock to rise further in the future and hence decided to remain invested.


Hence John did not sell the stocks and calculate the profits earned during the one-year interval as follows:-

Book Profit Example 2

Cost Paid = 100 shares * $90 per share = $9000

Current Value = 100 shares * $95 per share = $9500

Book Profit (B – A) = $(9500 – 9000) = $500

There is a possibility that this profit might erase if the prices go down. E.g., during 2019, due to poor economic growth and high market volatility, the prices decreased to $88 per share, thus erasing all the profits and creating a loss of $2 per share.

Note: Generally, such profits on financial instruments are not taxed until they are actually sold, and profit or loss is realized.

Special Cases

In various countries, the calculation of book value by business entities is for taxation purposes. Book value is treated as taxable income, and a specific rate applies to the book value to calculate the amount of taxes payable.

We are discussing the two major scenarios where the use of such profits is for taxation purposes:-

#1 – MAT for Companies in India

MAT or Minimum Alternative Tax applied to companies that pay dividends to its shareholders but not pay taxes under normal Income tax provisions due to various exemptions and deductions allowed.

We calculate MAT using book profits. Here it arrives after applicable additions or deductions made to net profit, as shown in the statement of profit and loss.

Book Profit = (Net Profit + Additions) – Deductions

#2 – Partnership Firm

In this case, it simply means the profits as computed before remuneration paid to the partner. In other words, It is calculated by adding back the salary and commissions paid to the partners (if debited in P&L account) into the net profit as per profit and loss account.

Book Profit = Net Profit + Partner’s Remuneration

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