|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]
The Company's income tax provision (benefit) for interim periods is determined using an estimate of the Company's annual effective tax rate, adjusted for discrete items, if any, that are taken into account in the relevant period.
The Company's income tax provision was $0.2 million for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. There was no income tax provision for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. The increase in the income tax provision is due to tax on excess inclusion income and an increase in unrecognized tax benefits related to the current period.
In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax 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 temporary differences become deductible.
The Company recorded a valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets as of September 30, 2019 as management does not believe that it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will be realized.
The Company and its subsidiaries file U.S. federal and state income tax returns in various jurisdictions. The Company is currently under New York State examination for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 tax years. At this time, the Company cannot estimate when the examination will conclude or the impact such examination will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements, if any. Generally, the Company is no longer subject to tax examinations by tax authorities for years prior to 2016.
At December 31, 2018, the Company reported a total liability for unrecognized tax benefits of $0.7 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company increased the liability by $0.1 million. The Company does not anticipate any significant increases or decreases to the balance of unrecognized tax benefits during the next 12 months.