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Income Taxes

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Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Income Taxes
The following table presents the provision for income tax and the effective tax rates from continuing operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30 as indicated:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Income tax provision
$
1,466,378

 
$
2,271,458

 
$
3,003,516

 
$
4,790,947

Effective income tax rate
36.8
%
 
36.7
%
 
36.7
%
 
36.8
%

The Company’s expected tax rate for the year ending December 31, 2017, which was calculated based on the estimated annual operating results for the year, is 36.7%. The expected tax rate differs from the federal statutory rate of 34% due to state income taxes and nondeductible expenses offset by the domestic production activities deduction.
The Company’s effective tax rate for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 was 36.8% and 36.7%, respectively. The effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2017 differs from the statutory rate of 34% due to state income taxes and nondeductible expenses offset by the domestic production activities deduction. The effective tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2017 reflects the annual expected tax rate for 2017. The effective tax rate for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 were 36.7% and 36.8%, which differs from the federal statutory rate of 35% due to state income taxes and nondeductible expenses offset by the domestic production activities deduction.
The carrying amounts of deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance, if based on the available evidence, it is more likely than not such assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which the deferred tax assets are expected to be recovered or settled. In the assessment for a valuation allowance, appropriate consideration is given to positive and negative evidence related to the realization of the deferred tax assets. This assessment considers, among other matters, the nature, frequency and severity of current and cumulative losses, forecasts of future profitability, the duration of statutory carryforward periods, experience with loss carryforwards expiring unused, and tax planning alternatives. If the Company determines it will not be able to realize all or part of the deferred tax assets, a valuation allowance would be recorded to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized.
Based on assumptions with respect to forecasts of future taxable income and tax planning, among others, the Company anticipates being able to generate sufficient taxable income to utilize the deferred tax assets. Therefore, the Company has not recorded a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets. The minimum amount of future taxable income required to be generated to fully realize the deferred tax assets as of June 30, 2017 is approximately $2.5 million.
The Company has gross unrecognized tax benefits of $5,000 as of both June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The Company believes that it is reasonably possible that the liability for unrecognized tax benefits related to certain state income tax matters may be settled within the next twelve months. The federal statute of limitation has expired for tax years prior to 2013 and relevant state statutes vary. The Company is currently not under any income tax audits or examinations and does not expect the assessment of any significant additional tax in excess of amounts provided.
The Company accrues interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as interest expense and other general and administrative expenses, respectively, and not as a component of income taxes.