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Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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Analysis of Income Taxes

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Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

Amazon.com Inc., income tax expense (benefit), continuing operations

US$ in millions

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U.S. Federal
U.S. State
International
Current taxes
U.S. Federal
U.S. State
International
Deferred taxes
Provision for income taxes, net

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

Item Description The company
Current taxes Amount of current income tax expense (benefit) pertaining to taxable income (loss) from continuing operations. Amazon.com Inc.’s current taxes increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Deferred taxes Amount of deferred income tax expense (benefit) pertaining to income (loss) from continuing operations. Amazon.com Inc.’s deferred taxes increased from 2018 to 2019 but then decreased significantly from 2019 to 2020.
Provision for income taxes, net Amount of current income tax expense (benefit) and deferred income tax expense (benefit) pertaining to continuing operations. Amazon.com Inc.’s provision for income taxes, net increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Effective Income Tax Rate (EITR)

Amazon.com Inc., effective income tax rate (EITR) reconciliation

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Federal statutory tax rate
Effective tax rate

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

Item Description The company
Effective tax rate Percentage of current income tax expense (benefit) and deferred income tax expense (benefit) pertaining to continuing operations. Amazon.com Inc.’s effective tax rate increased from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly decreased from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Components of Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities

Amazon.com Inc., components of deferred tax assets and liabilities

US$ in millions

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Loss carryforwards U.S., Federal/States
Loss carryforwards, Foreign
Accrued liabilities, reserves, and other expenses
Stock-based compensation
Depreciation and amortization
Operating lease liabilities
Other items
Tax credits
Gross deferred tax assets
Valuation allowances
Deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowances
Depreciation and amortization
Operating lease assets
Other items
Deferred tax liabilities
Net deferred tax assets (liabilities), net of valuation allowance

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

Item Description The company
Gross deferred tax assets Amount before allocation of valuation allowances of deferred tax asset attributable to deductible temporary differences and carryforwards. Amazon.com Inc.’s gross deferred tax assets increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowances Amount after allocation of valuation allowances of deferred tax asset attributable to deductible temporary differences and carryforwards. Amazon.com Inc.’s deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowances increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Net deferred tax assets (liabilities), net of valuation allowance Amount, after allocation of valuation allowances and deferred tax liability, of deferred tax asset attributable to deductible differences and carryforwards, without jurisdictional netting. Amazon.com Inc.’s net deferred tax assets (liabilities), net of valuation allowance decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then increased from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Adjustments to Financial Statements: Removal of Deferred Taxes

Amazon.com Inc., adjustments to financial statements

US$ in millions

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Adjustment to Total Assets
Total assets (as reported)
Less: Noncurrent deferred tax assets, net
Total assets (adjusted)
Adjustment to Total Liabilities
Total liabilities (as reported)
Less: Noncurrent deferred tax liabilities, net
Total liabilities (adjusted)
Adjustment to Stockholders’ Equity
Stockholders’ equity (as reported)
Less: Net deferred tax assets (liabilities)
Stockholders’ equity (adjusted)
Adjustment to Net Income
Net income (as reported)
Add: Deferred income tax expense (benefit)
Net income (adjusted)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).


Amazon.com Inc., Financial Data: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Financial Ratios: Removal of Deferred Taxes (Summary)

Amazon.com Inc., adjusted financial ratios

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Net Profit Margin
Reported net profit margin
Adjusted net profit margin
Total Asset Turnover
Reported total asset turnover
Adjusted total asset turnover
Financial Leverage
Reported financial leverage
Adjusted financial leverage
Return on Equity (ROE)
Reported ROE
Adjusted ROE
Return on Assets (ROA)
Reported ROA
Adjusted ROA

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

Financial ratio Description The company
Adjusted net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as adjusted net income divided by total revenue. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted net profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Adjusted financial leverage A measure of financial leverage calculated as adjusted total assets divided by adjusted total equity.
Financial leverage is the extent to which a company can effect, through the use of debt, a proportional change in the return on common equity that is greater than a given proportional change in operating income.
Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted financial leverage ratio decreased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as adjusted net income divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted ROE deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as adjusted net income divided by adjusted total assets. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted ROA deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Amazon.com Inc., Financial Ratios: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Net Profit Margin

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Net sales
Profitability Ratio
Net profit margin1
Adjusted for Deferred Taxes
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Adjusted net income
Net sales
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted net profit margin2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

2020 Calculations

1 Net profit margin = 100 × Net income ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted net profit margin = 100 × Adjusted net income ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as adjusted net income divided by total revenue. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted net profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Adjusted Total Asset Turnover

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net sales
Total assets
Activity Ratio
Total asset turnover1
Adjusted for Deferred Taxes
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net sales
Adjusted total assets
Activity Ratio
Adjusted total asset turnover2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

2020 Calculations

1 Total asset turnover = Net sales ÷ Total assets
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted total asset turnover = Net sales ÷ Adjusted total assets
= ÷ =

Activity ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Adjusted Financial Leverage

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Total assets
Stockholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Financial leverage1
Adjusted for Deferred Taxes
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Adjusted total assets
Adjusted stockholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Adjusted financial leverage2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

2020 Calculations

1 Financial leverage = Total assets ÷ Stockholders’ equity
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted financial leverage = Adjusted total assets ÷ Adjusted stockholders’ equity
= ÷ =

Solvency ratio Description The company
Adjusted financial leverage A measure of financial leverage calculated as adjusted total assets divided by adjusted total equity.
Financial leverage is the extent to which a company can effect, through the use of debt, a proportional change in the return on common equity that is greater than a given proportional change in operating income.
Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted financial leverage ratio decreased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Adjusted Return on Equity (ROE)

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Stockholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
ROE1
Adjusted for Deferred Taxes
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Adjusted net income
Adjusted stockholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROE2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

2020 Calculations

1 ROE = 100 × Net income ÷ Stockholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROE = 100 × Adjusted net income ÷ Adjusted stockholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as adjusted net income divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted ROE deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Adjusted Return on Assets (ROA)

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Total assets
Profitability Ratio
ROA1
Adjusted for Deferred Taxes
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Adjusted net income
Adjusted total assets
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROA2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-01), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-10).

2020 Calculations

1 ROA = 100 × Net income ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROA = 100 × Adjusted net income ÷ Adjusted total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as adjusted net income divided by adjusted total assets. Amazon.com Inc.’s adjusted ROA deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.