Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

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Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Income Taxes
We recognized a federal and state income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2019 at the blended rate of 21.6%. The federal and state tax expense was offset by an adjustment to the valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets resulting in an effective tax rate of 5.8%, which related to Texas deferred tax expense. The effect of the valuation allowance, as well as a reclassification of $1.2 million from deferred tax assets to the current income tax receivable for refundable alternative minimum tax (“AMT”) credit carryforwards, was to adjust our deferred tax asset to a deferred tax liability position $0.1 million as of June 30, 2019. We recognized a federal income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2018 at the blended rate of 21.6% which was similarly offset by a valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets. We recorded an adjustment of $0.2 million to the deferred tax asset related to sequestration of a portion of the aforementioned AMT credit carryforward resulting in an effective tax rate of 2.1%. 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, due primarily to cumulative losses.
We had no liability for unrecognized tax benefits as of June 30, 2019. There were no interest and penalty charges recognized during the periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. Tax years from 2014 forward remain open to examination by the major taxing jurisdictions to which the Company is subject; however, net operating losses originating in prior years are subject to examination when utilized.