|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2017
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
NOTE 17. INCOME TAXES
We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities for future tax consequences attributable to differences between our consolidated financial statement carrying amount of assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. We measure these deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates expected to apply in the years in which these temporary differences are expected to reverse. We recognize the effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities resulting from a change in tax rates in income in the period that includes the date of the change. We recorded no adjustments to our unrecognized tax benefits as of September 30, 2017 and 2016.
We prospectively adopted ASU 2015-17, “Income Taxes, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes” as of January 1, 2017. ASU 2015-17 requires that deferred tax assets and liabilities be classified as non-current on the balance sheet instead of separating the deferred tax assets and liabilities into current and non-current amounts. Our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2017 reflects the adoption of this guidance with a $9.4 million reduction in current deferred income tax assets, a $1.9 million increase in non-current deferred income tax assets and a $7.5 million reduction in non-current deferred income tax liabilities. Other than this revised presentation, the adoption of this ASU had no impact on our financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.
At December 31, 2016, we had net operating loss carryforwards for federal income tax purposes of approximately $150.7 million that expire in 2020 through 2034 and for state income tax purposes of approximately $1,021.2 million that expire in years 2017 through 2036. For financial reporting purposes at December 31, 2016 we had a valuation allowance of $4.5 million, net of federal benefit, to offset $4.2 million of the deferred tax assets related to the state net operating loss carryforwards and $0.3 million associated with asset impairments. Our evaluation was performed for tax years that remain subject to examination by major tax jurisdictions, which range from 2013 through 2016.
The amortization of our indefinite-lived intangible assets for tax purposes but not for book purposes creates deferred tax liabilities. A reversal of deferred tax liabilities may occur when indefinite-lived intangibles: (1) become impaired; or (2) are sold, which would typically only occur in connection with the sale of the assets of a station or groups of stations or the entire company in a taxable transaction. Due to the amortization for tax purposes and not book purposes of our indefinite-lived intangible assets, we expect to continue to generate deferred tax liabilities in future periods exclusive of any impairment losses in future periods. These deferred tax liabilities and net operating loss carryforwards result in differences between our provision for income tax and cash paid for taxes.
Valuation Allowance (Deferred Taxes)
For financial reporting purposes, we recorded a valuation allowance of $4.5 million as of September 30, 2017 to offset a portion of the deferred tax assets related to the state net operating loss carryforwards. We regularly review our financial forecasts in an effort to determine our ability to utilize the net operating loss carryforwards for tax purposes. Accordingly, the valuation allowance is adjusted periodically based on our estimate of the benefit the company will receive from such carryforwards.
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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