Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

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Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes

Note 12. Income Taxes

The income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 was 0.0%. The differences between the actual consolidated effective income tax rate and the U.S. federal statutory rate were primarily attributable to the allocation of losses on noncontrolling interest and redeemable noncontrolling interests, the prepaid income taxes due to intercompany transactions and other miscellaneous items.

The Company sells solar energy systems to investment Funds. As the investment Funds are consolidated by the Company, the gain on the sale of the assets has been eliminated in the consolidated financial statements.  These transactions are treated as intercompany sales and any tax expense incurred related to these sales is being deferred and amortized over the estimated useful life of the underlying systems which has been estimated to be 30 years. The deferral of the tax expense results in recording of a prepaid tax asset. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, the Company recorded long–term prepaid tax assets of $222.6 million and $190.1 million, respectively, net of amortization.

 

Uncertain Tax Positions

As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, the Company had $1.5 million of unrecognized tax benefits related to the acquisition of CEE. In addition, there was $0.3 million of interest and penalties for uncertain tax positions as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015. The Company does not have any tax positions for which it is reasonably possible the total amount of gross unrecognized benefits will increase or decrease within the next 12 months. The Company is subject to taxation and files income tax returns in the United States, and various state and local jurisdictions. Due to the Company’s net losses, substantially all of its federal, state and local income tax returns since inception are still subject to audit.