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Income Taxes

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Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Income Taxes
We recognized a federal and state income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2017 at the blended rate of 35.52%; however, the federal and state tax expense was fully offset by an adjustment to the valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets. We recognized a federal income tax benefit for the six months ended June 30, 2016 at the statutory rate of 35% which was fully offset by a valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets. We considered both the positive and negative evidence in determining that it was more likely than not that some portion or all of our deferred tax assets will not be realized, primarily as a result of cumulative losses. We received a state income tax refund of less than $0.1 million during the six months ended June 30, 2016.
We have evaluated the impact of the reorganization, including the change in control, resulting from our emergence from bankruptcy. From an income tax perspective, the most significant impact is attributable to our carryover tax attributes associated with our net operating losses (“NOLs”). We believe that the Successor will be able to fully absorb the cancellation of debt income realized by the Predecessor in connection with the reorganization with its adjusted NOL carryovers. The amount of the remaining NOL carryovers and the tax basis of our properties will be limited under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code due to the change in control that occurred upon our emergence from bankruptcy on the Effective Date. As the tax basis of our assets, primarily our oil and gas properties, is in excess of the carrying value, as adjusted in the Fresh Start Accounting process, the Successor is in a net deferred tax asset position. We have determined that it is more likely than not that we will not realize future income tax benefits from the additional tax basis and our remaining NOL carryovers. Accordingly, we have provided for a full valuation allowance of the underlying deferred tax assets.