This excerpt taken from the WYN 8-K filed Jul 19, 2006.
The Companys operations have been included in the consolidated federal tax return of Cendant and will continue to be included up to the date of the separation. In addition, the Company has filed consolidated and unitary state income tax returns with Cendant in jurisdictions where required or permitted and will continue to file with Cendant up to the date of the separation. The income taxes associated with the Companys inclusion in Cendants consolidated federal and state income tax returns are included in the due from Cendant, net line item on the accompanying Combined Balance Sheets. The provision for income taxes is computed as if the Company filed its federal and state income tax returns on a stand-alone basis and, therefore, determined using the asset and liability method, under which deferred tax assets and liabilities are calculated based upon the temporary differences between the financial statement and income tax bases of assets and liabilities using currently enacted tax rates. These differences are based upon estimated differences between the book and tax basis of the assets and liabilities for the Company as of December 31, 2005 and 2004. The Companys tax assets and liabilities may be adjusted in connection with the finalization of Cendants prior years income tax returns or with the plan to separate Cendant into four independent publicly traded companies.
The Companys deferred tax assets are recorded net of a valuation allowance when, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the recorded deferred tax assets will not be realized in future periods. Decreases to the valuation allowance are recorded as reductions to the Companys provision for income taxes and increases to the valuation allowance result in additional provision for income taxes. However, if the valuation allowance is adjusted in connection with an acquisition, such adjustment is recorded through goodwill rather than the provision for income taxes. The realization of the Companys deferred tax assets, net of the valuation allowance, is primarily dependent on estimated future taxable income. A change in the Companys estimate of future taxable income may require an addition to or reduction from the valuation allowance.