|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]
14. INCOME TAXES
Provision for Income Taxes
The provision for income taxes in the 2015 first quarter was $54.0 million. This compared with a provision for income taxes of $52.1 million in the 2014 first quarter. These amounts included the benefits from tax-exempt income, tax-advantaged investments, general business credits, and investments in qualified affordable housing projects. In prior periods, a valuation allowance was established against the capital loss carryforwards. The federal valuation allowance was based on the uncertainty of forecasted taxable income expected of the required character in order to utilize the capital loss carryforward. Based on current analysis of both positive and negative evidence and projected forecasted taxable income of the appropriate character, we believe it is more likely than not the capital loss carryforward deferred tax asset will be realized within the carryforward period. At March 31, 2015 there is no capital loss carryforward valuation allowance remaining.
Uncertain Tax Positions
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 2009. In the first quarter of 2013, the IRS began an examination of our 2010 and 2011 consolidated federal income tax returns. Certain proposed adjustments resulting from the IRS examination of our 2005 through 2009 tax returns have been settled with the IRS Appeals Office, subject to final approval by the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress. Various state and other jurisdictions remain open to examination, including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Illinois.
Huntington accounts for uncertainties in income taxes in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes. At March 31, 2015, Huntington had gross unrecognized tax benefits of $24.3 million in income tax liability related to uncertain tax positions. Total interest accrued on the unrecognized tax benefits was $0.3 million as of March 31, 2015. This compared with gross unrecognized tax benefits of $1.2 million at December 31, 2014 and $2.8 million at March 31, 2014, and total interest accrued of $0.2 million at December 31, 2014 and $0.1 million at March 31, 2014. Huntington recognizes interest and penalties on income tax assessments or income tax refunds in the financial statements as a component of provision for income taxes. 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. It is reasonably possible that the liability for gross unrecognized tax benefits could decrease by $23.1 million during the next 12 months due to the completion of tax authority examinations.