This excerpt taken from the CCO 10-Q filed Nov 9, 2007.
New Accounting Standard
The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (FIN 48), on January 1, 2007. FIN 48 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in the financial statements. FIN 48 prescribes a recognition threshold for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken within an income tax return. The adoption of FIN 48 resulted in an increase of $8.1 million to the January 1, 2007 balance of retained earnings, a decrease of $6.0 million in liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits and an increase of $27.2 million in Deferred tax assets. The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits at January 1, 2007 was $31.7 million, inclusive of $6.5 million for interest. Of this total, $15.3 million represents the amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would favorably affect the effective income tax rate in future periods.
The Company continues to record interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in current income tax expense. The total amount of interest accrued during the nine months ended September 30, 2007, was $0.8 million. The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits at September 30, 2007 was $18.3 million. Of this total, $15.5 million represents the amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would favorably affect the effective income tax rate in future periods.
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Pursuant to the Tax Matters Agreement between Clear Channel Communications and the Company, the operations of the Company are included in a consolidated federal income tax return filed by Clear Channel Communications. In addition, the Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in various state and foreign jurisdictions. The Company and Clear Channel Communications settled several federal tax positions with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the three months ended September 30, 2007. As a result of the settlement, the Company reduced its balance of unrecognized tax benefits by $15.2 million. In addition, the Company recorded approximately $2.9 million in net current tax expense as a result of the settlement. The IRS is currently auditing Clear Channel Communications and the Companys 2005 and 2006 tax year. The Company does not expect to resolve any material federal tax positions within the next 12 months. Substantially all material state, local and foreign income tax matters have been concluded for years through 1999.
Note 2: INTANGIBLE ASSETS AND GOODWILL