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									                  STATE CORPORATION INCOME TAX RETURN CHECKLIST
                                       2004

Client Name and Number:_______________________________________________________________________________
Prepared by: ________________________ Date: _________________ Reviewed by: _______________ Date: ___________

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100) GENERAL INFORMATION
     101) For state tax forms, instructions, tax codes, cases, regulations,
          rulings, procedures, etc., refer to the AICPA’s Internet web page at
          www.aicpa.org/yellow/index.htm.                                           _________      ______    ______________
     102) For comprehensive charts and lists of various items and
          requirements (e.g., tax rates, filing dates, extensions, estimated
          taxes, exemptions, reports, limitation periods, NOL deductions,
          etc.), refer to a state tax reporter service or the Federation of Tax
          Administrator’s Internet web page at www.taxadmin.org.                    _________      ______    ______________
     103) Obtain information concerning state tax audits and correspondence.        _________      ______    ______________
     104) If a federal audit has been settled, consider notifying state(s).         _________      ______    ______________

     105) Determine if the client has sufficient connection with any other
          state that may require an income, franchise or privilege tax return.
          (Note that requirements for filing a franchise or privilege tax return
          may differ from requirements for filing an income tax return.) If
          multistate, see items under checklist section #500 and check nexus
          information.                                                              _________      ______    ______________
     106) Consult the Unique Considerations for State Corporation Tax
          Returns (also in this AICPA Tax Practice Guides and Checklists
          publication package) for common problems and unique tax issues
          for each state tax return to be prepared. Also consult the various
          Nexus, Multistate Tax and State NOL Issues Practice Guides in this
          AICPA Tax Practice Guides and Checklists publication package for
          further information relevant to the checklist sections #111, #600,
          and #700.                                                                 _________      ______    ______________
     107) Obtain and review information related to state statutory, regulatory,
          judicial, administrative changes or amnesty programs since the
          filing of the prior return.                                               _________      ______    ______________
     108) Review prior year returns for elections, NOLs, etc.                       _________      ______    ______________
     109) Consider the impact of any acquisitions, divestitures and
          reorganizations on state income and franchise taxes.                      _________      ______    ______________
     110) Determine if the operations of a division have changed substantially
          during the year, including a sale or transfer of a major portion of the
          assets located in a particular state.                                     _________      ______    ______________
     111) Determine with the client the proper filing status (separate, unitary,
          combined, or consolidated) for multicompany entities. (Note
          election possibilities or a mandatory method.)                            _________      ______    _____________
     112) Determine if the impact of intercompany transactions (e.g.
          eliminations, deferred intercompany transactions, etc) have been
          properly accounted for in the various state tax liabilities.              _________      ______    _____________




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    113) If an S corporation, consider composite filing for nonresident
         shareholders. In addition, determine state tax treatment if any
         QSubs exist:
           .1) Review S corporation provisions for each state.                     _________      ______    ______________
           .2) Review taxation of S corporation shareholders, especially
               nonresidents, for each state.                                       _________      ______    ______________
     114) Consider if disaster relief provisions apply.                            _________      ______    ______________
200) INCOME
    201) If the state uses income on the federal return as a starting point,
         either before or after the net operating loss deduction or special
         deduction, transfer income information from the federal return.           _________      ______    ______________

    202) Determine if federally exempt (e.g., municipal) interest and
         dividends are subject to add back. (Note possible offset of direct
         and/or apportioned indirect expenses against the tax-exempt
         income.)                                                                  _________      ______    ______________
    203) Determine each state’s tax-exempt interest and dividends for
         possible subtraction (e.g., home state interest if all states’ interest
         was added back in checklist section #202). (Note possible offset of
         direct and/or apportioned indirect expenses against the tax-exempt
         income.)                                                                  _________      ______    ______________
    204) Determine interest and dividends from U. S. government
         obligations for possible subtraction. (Note possible offset of direct
         and/or apportioned indirect expenses against the tax-exempt
         income.)                                                                  _________      ______    ______________
    205) Check for any other income taxable on the state return that was not
         taxed on the federal return.                                              _________      ______    ______________
    206) Check for any income taxable on the federal return that may not be
         taxable on the state return.                                              _________      ______    ______________
300) DEDUCTIONS
    301) Determine any differences between federal and state deductions
         (e.g., state tax deduction, dividend received deduction,
         depreciation).                                                            _________      ______    ______________
    302) Determine any differences between federal and state carryovers
         (e.g., capital loss, excess charitable contributions, NOLs).              _________      ______    ______________
     303) Determine the state’s treatment of 30% & 50% additional first-
          year depreciation & § 179 deduction. (JGTRRA 2003)                       _________      ______    ______________
400) TAX COMPUTATION AND CREDITS

    401) Determine any state alternative minimum tax.                              _________      ______    ______________
    402) Compute any applicable tax credits (e.g., investment, jobs,
         enterprise, environmental, rehab) including carryovers.                   _________      ______    ______________



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    403) Compute any credit recapture.
    404)   Confirm amounts and dates of any state and local estimated tax
           deposits/payments (including withholding) for the year, prior year
           overpayments, and extension payments.                                _________      ______    ______________
    405) Prepare estimated tax vouchers.                                        _________      ______    ______________
    406) Compute tax underpayment penalties.                                    _________      ______    ______________
500) MULTISTATE ISSUES
    501) Determine in which states a multistate corporation is required to
         file income or franchise tax returns. Consult the AICPA Nexus,
         Multistate Tax and State NOL Issues Practice Guides for guidance
         and for an overview of nexus and details on ordering the AICPA
         State Tax Nexus Checklist/Practice Guide.                              _________      ______    ______________
    502) Consult the Nexus, Multistate Tax and State NOL Issues Practice
         Guides (also in this AICPA Tax Practice Guides and Checklists
         publication package) for information on multistate allocation and
         apportionment and net operating loss issues.                           _________      ______    ______________

    503) If the corporation is not taxable in more than one state, determine
         if the corporation is permitted to apportion its income.               _________      ______    ______________

    504) Determine the available methods of dividing the income tax base
         of a multistate corporation for all states for which returns are
         required (e.g., separate accounting, specific allocation, formulary
         apportionment). (Note any states with special elections available.)    _________      ______    ______________
    505) If separate accounting method is a beneficial option, determine if
         necessary records for separate accounting are available.               _________      ______    ______________
    506) Determine the need to distinguish between business income and
         nonbusiness income. (Note the respective tests.)                       _________      ______    ______________
    507) If the corporation has income subject to specific allocation:
           .1) Identify income subject to specific allocation.                  _________      ______    ______________
           .2) Determine treatment of expenses directly or indirectly related
               to allocated income. (These are generally added back or netted
               against the applicable income.)                                  _________      ______    ______________
    508) Determine if the state in which you are filing requires or permits
         unitary, combined or consolidated reporting and which test(s)
         applies.                                                               _________      ______    ______________
    509) Determine each state’s restriction on the offset of capital gains
         against capital losses.                                                _________      ______    ______________
    510) Determine the total income that is to be apportioned.                  _________      ______    ______________




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     511) Determine each state’s apportionment formula for business
          income:
             .1) Check if any of the states’ formulas differ from the standard
                 three-factor formula (e.g., double weighted sales factor, a
                 formula with less than three factors or a specific formula
                 based on the corporation’s industry).                             _________      ______    ______________
             .2) Check the various states’ rules that establish:
                  (a) which items are included in the factors,                     _________      ______    ______________
                  (b) the timing of entry and removal from the factors,            _________      ______    ______________

                  (c) the evaluation of items included in the factors, and         _________      ______    ______________
                  (d) how items are assigned to a particular state (e.g., mobile
                      property) and included in that state’s apportionment
                      factor numerator.                                            _________      ______    ______________
     512) Determine the amounts to be included in the property factor and
          check the various states’ rules concerning the use of cost or
          adjusted book values in property values.                                 _________      ______    ______________
     513) Determine the amounts to be included in the payroll factor and
          check the various states’ rules for treatment of special classes of
          compensation such as compensation of corporate officers,
          commissions and other compensation, or payments to independent
          contractors.                                                             _________      ______    ______________
     514) Determine the amounts to be included in the sales factor
          considering each state’s rules concerning “throwback” sales.             _________      ______    ______________
     515) Reconcile the denominator of the sales factor to the amount of
          sales reported on the federal return.                                    _________      ______    ______________
     516)     Determine the availability of like-kind exchange treatment if
             exchanged properties are located in different states.                 _________      ______    ______________
600) STATE NOL ISSUES
     601) Determine each state’s rules concerning calculation of net
          operating losses (NOLs) and any related carrybacks or
          carryforwards.                                                           _________      ______    ______________
     602) Determine each state’s starting point for calculation of a NOL,
          such as federal taxable income with or without NOL modification,
          or federal taxable income before the federal NOL deduction with a
          state specific NOL calculation.                                          _________      ______    ______________
     603) For multistate returns:
            .1)   Determine each state’s effect on the NOL and the amount of
                  carryback or carryforward due to state modifications,
                  apportionment factors, and the allocation of nonbusiness
                  income.                                                          _________      ______    ______________




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          .2)   Determine if the corporation filed a state return in the year the
                loss was generated and if that fact impacts the use of the loss.    _________      ______    ______________

          .3)   Determine if NOL carryforwards and carrybacks use the
                apportionment factor for the year of the loss or for the year the
                loss is utilized.                                                   _________      ______    ______________
     604) For affiliated groups of corporations filing a consolidated return:
          .1)   Determine if state NOLs may need to be tracked on a separate
                entity basis.                                                       _________      ______    ______________
          .2)   Check for state requirements concerning separate return filing
                years and effects on NOL carryforwards and carrybacks.              _________      ______    ______________
     605) If combined corporate reporting is allowed or required by a state,
          check if combined or separate method is used for calculating the
          NOL for that state.                                                       _________      ______    ______________
     606) Check on the treatment of any NOL carryovers if a corporation has
          had a reorganization, acquisition, or liquidation.                        _________      ______    ______________
     607) Consult the Nexus, Multistate Tax and State NOL Issues Practice
          Guides (also in this AICPA Tax Practice Guides and Checklists
          publication package) for an explanation of state net operating loss
          issues.                                                                   _________      ______    ______________
700) OTHER
     701) Attach extensions and other required attachments.                         _________      ______    ______________
     702) Identify planning opportunities (e.g., economic incentives) for
          minimizing state taxes.                                                   _________      ______    ______________
     703) Identify and report any out of jurisdiction purchases for use tax.        _________      ______    ______________
     704) Advise the client of their exposure to other business tax programs
          (e.g., sales, gross receipts, license, employment, inventory,
          property, etc.) and unclaimed property obligations.                       _________      ______    ______________
     705) Consider preparing a workpaper schedule for the file concerning
          state items to track, carryforward items, and any matters of future
          concern.                                                                  _________      ______    ______________
     706) Determine if client has filed and paid all unclaimed property
          reports.                                                                  _________      ______    ______________
     707) Check NAUPA Internet web page at www.unclaimed.org to
          determine if client is owed any unclaimed property.                       _________      ______    ______________

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