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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION Definition
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION is a pension design that defines the amount of contributions, usually a percentage of salary. The benefits payable at retirement depend on factors such as future investment return and annuity rate at retirement. If a plan is registered for tax purposes, the maximum contribution amount (usually a percentage of earnings or income up to a dollar limit) is defined by tax regulations.
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REAL ACCOUNTS, also called permanent accounts, are the accounts; asset, liability, reserve and capital; whose balances are not canceled out at the end of an accounting period, but are carried over to the next period. These accounts appear on the post-closing trial balance and the statement of condition (balance sheet).
DEFERRED TAX ASSETS have an effect of decreasing future income tax payments, which indicates that they are prepaid income taxes and meet definition of assets. Whereas deferred tax liabilities have an effect of increasing future years income tax payments, which indicates that they are accrued income taxes and meet definition of liabilities.