This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-Q filed Aug 6, 2007.
PITNEY BOWES INC.
In May 2006, we reached a tentative settlement with the IRS governing all outstanding tax audit issues in dispute arising out of the IRS examination of our corporate income tax returns for tax years through 2000. These disputed items related primarily to the tax treatment of corporate owned life insurance (COLI) and related interest expense, the tax effect of the sale of certain preferred share holdings and the tax treatment of certain Capital Service lease transactions. As a result of this tentative settlement with the IRS, we recorded $61 million of additional tax expense of which $41 million related to the Capital Services business and was included in discontinued operations and $20 million which was included in continuing operations. As a result of the tentative IRS settlement and the sales of the Imagistics and Capital Services businesses, we estimated that we owed approximately $1.1 billion of additional tax, net of $330 million of IRS tax bonds previously posted. As previously disclosed, we reached a settlement with the IRS governing all tax audit issues in dispute for tax years through 2000 in August 2006 and we paid the $1.1 billion obligation to the IRS by the end of 2006. These tax obligations were funded from the proceeds of the sale of the businesses and the advance against the cash surrender value of our COLI assets.
We also accrued in discontinued operations an additional tax expense of $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2006 to record the impact of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA). The TIPRA legislation repealed the exclusion from federal income taxation of a portion of the income generated from certain leveraged leases of aircraft by foreign sales corporations. See Note 4 for further discussion of the discontinued operations.