Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Tax Benefit (Expense)

Income Tax Benefit (Expense)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)
6. Income Tax Benefit (Expense)


NCLH is treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The income tax benefit in 2014 primarily related to a change in our corporate entity structure which was completed in 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the tax provision reflected an interest expense deduction based on a method supported by the information available at such time. During the first quarter of 2014, we received additional information which allowed us to elect another acceptable tax method, resulting in a tax benefit of $11.1 million which is included in the consolidated statement of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, income tax expense was $11.2 million. Income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 includes a one-time expense of $4.2 million due to a change in U.S. tax status from a partnership to a corporation in connection with our IPO and a benefit of $2.6 million in connection with our prepayments of debt, and a $9.6 million expense from our U.S. operations.


During 2013, we implemented a restructuring plan to provide a global tax platform for international expansion. As part of the plan, the Company became a tax resident of the United Kingdom. As such, it qualifies for relief from U.S. Branch Profits taxes under the US-UK Tax Treaty. In addition, the restructuring resulted in additional interest and depreciation deductions which reduced the Company’s overall income tax expense. Its effect has been included as a reduction of $5.3 million to income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.