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DEFINITION of 'General Business Tax Credit'

The total value of all the individual credits to be applied against income on a tax return. This credit can be carried forward for a number of years in most cases and can also be carried back in some cases.

BREAKING DOWN 'General Business Tax Credit'

The General Business Tax Credit is unique in that it is not a single separate credit. Instead, it represents a smorgasboard of specific tax credits that promote certain business activities, such as research, oil recovery, reforestation, or starting a pension plan. Each credit is tallied up on a separate form first, then carried over to the General Business Tax Credit Form 3800.

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