|IHS MARKIT LTD. filed this Form 10-Q on 06/26/2018|
with excess tax benefits on stock-based compensation of approximately $9 million and $23 million for the three and six months ended May 31, 2017, respectively.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”), which was enacted on December 22, 2017, significantly revises U.S. corporate tax law. Among other things, the Act reduces the U.S. federal corporation tax rate to 21 percent and implements a new system of taxation for non-U.S. earnings, including by imposing a one-time transition tax on the deemed repatriation of undistributed earnings of non-U.S. subsidiaries. Other significant changes include U.S. taxes on global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”) attributable to foreign subsidiaries and base erosion anti-abuse transactions, limitations on the deductibility of interest expense and executive compensation, and repeal of the deduction for domestic production activities. As a result of our current interpretation and estimated impact of the Act, we recorded adjustments totaling a net tax benefit of $136 million in the first quarter of 2018 to provisionally account for the estimated impact. This amount included a provisional estimate for the transition tax of $38 million, which will be payable over eight years, starting in 2019, and a provisional estimate decreasing net deferred tax liabilities by $174 million, resulting from the future reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate.
As of May 31, 2018, we have not completed our accounting for the tax effects of enactment of the Act because all of the necessary information is not currently available, prepared, or analyzed. As such, the amounts we have recorded are provisional estimates and as permitted by SAB 118, we will continue to assess the impacts of the Act and may record additional provisional amounts or adjustments to provisional estimates during fiscal year 2018. We expect to complete the accounting for these impacts of tax reform within the measurement period in accordance with SAB 118 as we complete our analysis and receive additional guidance from the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to the Act. Resolution of the provisional estimates of the Act’s effects different from our assumptions could have a material impact on our financial condition and results of operations.
As a result of the Act, all previously undistributed foreign earnings have now been subjected to U.S. tax; however, we currently intend to continue to indefinitely reinvest these earnings outside the U.S. and accordingly, we have not provided non-U.S. deferred income taxes on these indefinitely reinvested earnings. It is not practicable to determine the amount of non-U.S. deferred taxes that might be required to be provided if such earnings were distributed in the future, due to complexities in the tax laws and in the hypothetical calculations that would have to be made.
We have not yet made a policy election with respect to our treatment of GILTI. We can either account for taxes on GILTI as incurred or recognize deferred taxes when basis differences exist that are expected to affect the amount of GILTI inclusion upon reversal. We are still in the process of analyzing the provisions of the Act associated with GILTI and the expected impact of GILTI on our consolidated financial statements.