|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]
17. Income Taxes
The Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various state, city, and foreign jurisdictions. Federal income tax audits have been completed through 2007. The Company has appealed certain proposed adjustments resulting from the IRS examination of the 2006 and 2007 tax returns. Management believes the tax positions taken related to such proposed adjustments were correct and supported by applicable statutes, regulations, and judicial authority, and intend to vigorously defend them. During 2011, Management entered into discussions with the Appeals Division of the IRS. It is possible the ultimate resolution of the proposed adjustments, if unfavorable, may be material to the results of operations in the period it occurs. However, although no assurance can be given, Management believes the resolution of these examinations will not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse impact on our consolidated financial position. In the 2011 third quarter, the IRS began its examination of our 2008 and 2009 consolidated federal income tax returns. Various state and other jurisdictions remain open to examination for tax years 2005 and forward.
Huntington accounts for uncertainties in income taxes in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes. At December 31, 2011, Huntington had gross unrecognized tax benefits of $11.9 million in income tax liability related to tax positions. Due to the complexities of some of these uncertainties, the ultimate resolution may result in a payment that is materially different from the current estimate of the tax liabilities. However, any ultimate settlement is not expected to be material to the Consolidated Financial Statements as a whole. Huntington recognizes interest and penalties on income tax assessments or income tax refunds in the financial statements as a component of its provision for income taxes. Huntington does not anticipate the total amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits to significantly change within the next 12 months.
The following table provides a reconciliation of the beginning and ending amounts of gross unrecognized tax benefits:
Any interest and penalties on income tax assessments or income tax refunds are recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Income as a component of provision for income taxes. Huntington recognized $0.1 million of interest for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $2.2 million of interest for the year ended December 31, 2010. Total interest accrued at December 31, 2011 amounted to $2.3 million. All of the gross unrecognized tax benefits would impact the Company's effective tax rate if recognized.
The following is a summary of the provision (benefit) for income taxes:
Tax benefits associated with securities transactions included in the above amounts were $1.3 million in 2011, $0.1 million in 2010, and $3.6 million in 2009.
The following is a reconcilement of provision (benefit) for income taxes:
At December 31, 2011, Huntington's deferred tax asset related to loss and other carryforwards was $217.9 million. This was comprised of net operating loss carryforward of $111.0 million, which will begin expiring in 2023, an alternative minimum tax credit carryforward of $37.2 million, which may be carried forward indefinitely, a general business credit carryover of $46.1 million which will expire in 2029, and a capital loss carryforward of $23.6 million, which will expire in 2015. A valuation allowance of $23.6 million has been established for the capital loss carryforward because Management believes that it is more likely than not that the realization of this asset will not occur. The valuation allowance on this asset decreased $8.2 million from 2010. In Management's opinion, the results of future operations will generate sufficient taxable income to realize the net operating loss, alternative minimum tax credit carryforward, and general business credit carryforward. Consequently, Huntington determined that a valuation allowance for these deferred tax assets was not required as of December 31, 2011.