|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 27, 2014
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
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Note 23: Income Taxes
Income Tax Provision
Income before taxes and the provision for taxes consisted of the following:
The difference between the tax provision at the statutory federal income tax rate and the tax provision as a percentage of income before income taxes (effective tax rate) for each period was as follows:
The U.S. R&D tax credit was reenacted in the last quarter of 2014, retroactive for the full year. It was also reenacted in the first quarter of 2013, retroactive to the beginning of 2012. A substantial majority of the increase in our effective tax rate between 2014 and 2013 was driven by the reenacted U.S. R&D tax credit in 2013 containing two years' worth of R&D tax credits. The full year 2012 impact of the U.S. R&D tax credit was recognized in the first quarter of 2013.
Income in certain non-U.S. countries is fully exempt from income taxes for a limited period of time due to eligible activities and certain capital investment actions. These full tax exemptions expire at various dates through 2023; however, the exemptions in certain countries are eligible for renewal.
In 2014, the tax benefit attributable to tax holidays was $166 million ($213 million for 2013 and $252 million for 2012) with a $0.03 impact on diluted earnings per share ($0.04 for 2013 and $0.05 for 2012).
During 2014, net income tax benefits attributable to equity-based compensation transactions that were allocated to stockholders’ equity totaled $103 million (net benefits of $3 million in 2013 and net benefits of $137 million in 2012).
Deferred and Current Income Taxes
Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts for income tax purposes. Significant components of our deferred tax assets and liabilities at the end of each period were as follows:
Non-current deferred tax assets are included within other long-term assets on the consolidated balance sheets.
The valuation allowance is based on our assessment that it is more likely than not that certain deferred tax assets will not be realized in the foreseeable future. The valuation allowance as of December 27, 2014 included allowances related to unrealized state credit carryforwards of $507 million and matters related to our non-U.S. subsidiaries of $88 million.
As of December 27, 2014, our federal, state, and non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards for income tax purposes were $219 million, $375 million, and $393 million, respectively. Approximately one third of the non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards have no expiration date. The remaining non-U.S. as well as the U.S. federal and state net operating loss carryforwards expire at various dates through 2034. A significant amount of the net operating loss carryforwards in the U.S. relates to acquisitions and, as a result, is limited in the amount that can be recognized in any one year. The non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards include $291 million that is not likely to be recovered and has been reduced by a valuation allowance.
As of December 27, 2014, we had not recognized U.S. deferred income taxes on a cumulative total of $23.3 billion of undistributed earnings for certain non-U.S. subsidiaries and $1.6 billion of other basis differences of our investments in certain non-U.S. subsidiaries primarily related to McAfee. Determining the unrecognized deferred tax liability related to investments in these non-U.S. subsidiaries that are indefinitely reinvested is not practicable. We currently intend to indefinitely reinvest those earnings and other basis differences in operations outside the U.S.
Current income taxes payable of $443 million as of December 27, 2014 ($542 million as of December 28, 2013) is included in other accrued liabilities.
Long-term income taxes payable of $262 million as of December 27, 2014 ($188 million as of December 28, 2013) is included in other long-term liabilities, which includes uncertain tax positions, reduced by the associated federal deduction for state taxes and non-U.S. tax credits, and may also include other long-term tax liabilities that are not uncertain but have not yet been paid.
Uncertain Tax Positions
The aggregate changes in the balance of gross unrecognized tax benefits for each period were as follows:
The related tax benefit for settlements, effective settlements, and remeasurements is insignificant for all periods presented.
If the remaining balance of $577 million of unrecognized tax benefits as of December 27, 2014 ($207 million as of December 28, 2013) was recognized in a future period, it would result in a tax benefit of $485 million ($81 million as of December 28, 2013) and a reduction in the effective tax rate.
During all years presented, we recognized interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits within the provision for taxes on the consolidated statements of income. Interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits were $21 million in 2014 (insignificant in 2013 and 2012). As of December 27, 2014, we had $44 million of accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits ($73 million as of December 28, 2013).
Intel's tax policy is to comply with the laws, regulations, filing requirements of all jurisdictions in which Intel conducts business. We regularly engage in discussions and negotiations with tax authorities regarding tax matters in various jurisdictions. Although the timing of the resolutions and/or closures of audits is highly uncertain, it is reasonably possible that certain U.S. federal and non-U.S. tax audits may be concluded within the next 12 months, which could significantly increase or decrease the balance of our gross unrecognized tax benefits. Positions that may be resolved include issues involving asset tax basis, transfer pricing, and various other matters. We estimate that the unrecognized tax benefits as of December 27, 2014 could decrease by approximately $25 million to $465 million in the next 12 months.
We file federal, state, and non-U.S. tax returns. For state and non-U.S. tax returns, we are generally no longer subject to tax examinations for years prior to 2002. For federal tax returns, we are no longer subject to tax examination for years prior to 2009.
The entire disclosure for income taxes. Disclosures may include net deferred tax liability or asset recognized in an enterprise's statement of financial position, net change during the year in the total valuation allowance, approximate tax effect of each type of temporary difference and carryforward that gives rise to a significant portion of deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets, utilization of a tax carryback, and tax uncertainties information.
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