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2.9 Income taxes

Income taxes are recorded based on the applicable tax rate of the individual countries and expensed in the period in which they occur. Tax effects resulting from tax losses carried forward are recognised as deferred tax assets if future taxable profits are likely against which the tax losses could be offset.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognised for temporary differences between the values of assets and liabilities disclosed in the balance sheet and their corresponding tax accounting value provided they result in future taxable expenditures or profits, respectively. Further, deferred tax assets are recognised only if future taxable profits are likely against which they may be offset.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the asset will be realised or the liability will be settled.

Current tax assets and liabilities can be offset against each other provided they concern the same taxable unit, the same tax authority and there is a legally enforceable right to offset them. Deferred tax assets and liabilities can be offset against each other in the same circumstances.