|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2015
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
We are incorporated in Bermuda. Under current Bermuda law, we are not subject to tax on income and capital gains. We have received from the Minister of Finance under The Exempted Undertakings Tax Protection Act 1966, as amended, an assurance that, in the event that Bermuda enacts legislation imposing tax computed on profits, income, any capital asset, gain or appreciation, or any tax in the nature of estate duty or inheritance, then the imposition of any such tax shall not be applicable to us or to any of our operations or shares, debentures or other obligations, until March 31, 2035. All of our net income before income tax benefit (expense) is from foreign operations.
The components of net income before income taxes consist of the following (in thousands):
The components of the provision for income taxes consisted of the following (in thousands):
Our reconciliation of income tax benefit (expense) computed by applying our Bermuda statutory rate and reported income tax expense was as follows (in thousands):
Deferred tax assets and liabilities were as follows:
We have U.S. net operating loss carryforwards of $197.0 million and $158.6 million, for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, which begin to expire in 2023. We have U.S. state jurisdiction net operating loss carryforwards of $10.7 million and $24.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, which expire in the years 2025 through 2035. In 2014, based on the weight of available evidence, we recorded a valuation allowance of $10.6 million with respect to the U.S. deferred tax assets of one of our U.S. subsidiaries.
Included above are deferred tax assets associated with our operations in Norway for which we have provided a full valuation allowance. We have Norway net operating loss carryforwards of $35.1 million and $58.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, which can be carried forward indefinitely.
On November 19, 2014, we acquired the stock of Prestige. Included above are deferred tax assets associated with Prestige, including net operating loss carryforwards of $126.9 million and 104.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, which begin to expire in 2023, and state net operating loss carryforwards of nil and $0.1 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. In prior years, we recorded a valuation allowance of $36.5 million with respect to the Prestige deferred tax assets based on the weight of available evidence. Section 382 of the Code (“Section 382”) may limit the amount of taxable income that can be offset by the Prestige NOL carryforwards.
As a result of the Corporate Reorganization in 2013, we obtained certain U.S. net operating losses of our shareholders. These loss carryforwards were subject to Section 382 which may limit the amount of taxable income that can be offset by NOL carryforwards after a change in control (generally greater than 50% change in ownership). We do not expect the Section 382 limitation to materially impact the deferred tax asset as it relates to the NOL.
The following is a tabular reconciliation of the total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits (in thousands):
If the $11.2 million unrecognized tax benefits at December 31, 2015 were recognized, our effective tax rate would be affected. We believe that there will not be a significant increase or decrease to the tax positions within 12 months of the reporting date. We recognize interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.
We file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, various U.S. state jurisdictions and foreign jurisdictions. We are generally no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations by authorities for years prior to 2011, except for years in which NOLs generated prior to 2011 are utilized.
Due to our international structure as well as the existence of international tax treaties that exempt taxation on certain activities, the repatriation of earnings from our subsidiaries would have no tax impact.
We derive our income from the international operation of ships. We are engaged in a trade or business in the U.S. and receive income from sources within the U.S. Under Section 883, certain foreign corporations are exempt from U. S. federal income or branch profits tax on U.S.-source income derived from or incidental to the international operation of ships. Applicable U.S. treasury regulations provide that a foreign corporation will qualify for the benefits of Section 883 if, in relevant part: (i) the foreign country in which the corporation is organized grants an equivalent exemption for income from the operation of ships of sufficiently broad scope to corporations organized in the U.S., and (ii) the foreign corporation has one or more classes of stock that are “primarily and regularly traded on an established securities market” in the U.S. or another qualifying country. We believe that we quality for the benefits of Section 883 because we are incorporated in qualifying countries and our ordinary shares are primarily and regularly traded on an established securities market in the U.S.
The entire disclosure for income taxes. Disclosures may include net deferred tax liability or asset recognized in an enterprise's statement of financial position, net change during the year in the total valuation allowance, approximate tax effect of each type of temporary difference and carryforward that gives rise to a significant portion of deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets, utilization of a tax carryback, and tax uncertainties information.
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