|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
The components of the Company’s income tax expense are as follows:
A reconciliation of the income tax expense calculated at the federal statutory rate of 21% in 2019 and 2018 and 35% in 2017, to income tax expense is as follows:
At December 31, 2019, the Company recorded a tax expense of $5.5 million associated with non-deductible merger expenses from the Carrizo Acquisition which primarily relate to non-deductible executive compensation expenses and transaction costs that are inherently facilitative in nature and permanently capitalized for tax purposes.
The Company recorded an income tax expense of $5.4 million related to the statutory depletion carryforward of $24.9 million. The percentage depletion deductions are in excess of the Company’s net depletable basis and can be carried forward indefinitely. The tax benefit for the special deduction will be recognized in the year the carryforward is deducted on the federal tax return.
As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the net deferred income tax assets and liabilities are comprised of the following:
For federal income tax purposes, the Carrizo Acquisition qualified as a tax-free merger whereby the Company acquired carryover tax basis in Carrizo’s assets and liabilities. The Company recorded an opening balance sheet deferred tax asset of $159.3 million related to tax attributes acquired from Carrizo. The acquired income tax attributes primarily consist of future deductions related to oil and gas properties, derivative assets, and federal net operating losses (“NOLs”). The acquired NOLs are subject to an annual limitation under Internal Revenue Code Section 382 and the Company reduced the total NOL balance and associated deferred tax asset for the NOLs to the amount expected to be fully utilized prior to expirations. The Company expects that these tax attributes will be fully utilized prior to expiration.
Due to the issuance of common stock associated with the Carrizo acquisition, the Company incurred a cumulative ownership change and as such, the Company’s NOLs prior to the acquisition are subject to an annual limitation under Internal Revenue Code Section 382. At December 31, 2019, the Company had approximately $527.2 million of NOLs, including $288.2 million acquired from Carrizo, of which approximately $496.5 million expire between 2035 and 2037 and $30.7 million have an indefinite carryforward life. The Company expects that the NOL balance will be fully utilized prior to expiration.
Management monitors company-specific, oil and natural gas industry and worldwide economic factors and assesses the likelihood that the Company’s net deferred tax assets will be utilized prior to their expiration. At December 31, 2019, management considered all factors including the expected reversal of deferred tax liabilities (including the impact of available carryforward periods), historical operating income tax planning strategies and projected future taxable income and determined that it is more likely than not that the Company will realize its remaining deferred tax assets.
The Company had no significant unrecognized tax benefits at December 31, 2019. Accordingly, the Company does not have any interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions. However, if interest or penalties were to be incurred related to uncertain tax positions, such amounts would be recognized in income tax expense. In the Company’s major tax jurisdictions, the earliest year open to examination is 2015.
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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