Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

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Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Income Taxes
 
The effective tax rates for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 were (176.6)% and 30.5%. The negative effective tax rate in the current year quarter primarily resulted from the nondeductible portion of the impairment charge recorded in the Process Equipment Group segment and the resulting loss before tax for the quarter. Partially offsetting this impact, the Tax Act resulted in a reduced tax rate as compared to the prior year.

The effective tax rates for the six months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 were 106.3% and 27.9%. The high effective tax rate in the period primarily resulted from the nondeductible portion of the impairment charge recorded in the Process Equipment Group segment. Additionally, the impact of the Tax Act resulted in a higher tax rate as compared to the prior year driven by the items discussed below.

Shortly after the Tax Act was enacted, the SEC staff issued Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“SAB 118”) which provides guidance on accounting for the Tax Act’s impact. SAB 118 provides a measurement period, which in no case should extend beyond one year from the Tax Act enactment date, during which a company acting in good faith may complete the accounting for the impacts of the Tax Act under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 (“ASC 740”). Per SAB 118, the Company must reflect the income tax effects of the Tax Act in the reporting period in which the accounting under ASC 740 is complete.

In accordance with SAB 118, to the extent that a company’s accounting for certain income tax effects of the Tax Act is incomplete, the Company can determine a reasonable estimate for those effects and record a provisional estimate in the financial statements in the first reporting period in which a reasonable estimate can be determined. If a Company cannot determine a provisional estimate to be included in the financial statements, the Company should continue to apply ASC 740 based on the provisions of the tax laws that were in effect immediately prior to the Tax Act being enacted. If a Company is unable to provide a reasonable estimate of the impacts of the Tax Act in a reporting period, a provisional amount must be recorded in the first reporting period in which a reasonable estimate can be determined.

The impact of the federal tax rate reduction from 35.0% to 24.5% was recognized in the rate applied to earnings. We have reflected the tax effect of temporary differences originating in the current period at the 24.5% federal tax rate and have recognized the deferred tax effect of such differences that will reverse in future periods at the 21% federal tax rate. In addition, we recorded a provisional discrete net tax expense of $14.3 related to the Tax Act in the quarter ending December 31, 2017. This net expense includes a benefit of $14.9 due to the remeasurement of our deferred tax items to reflect the impact of the corporate rate reduction on our net deferred tax balances. While we are able to make a reasonable estimate of the impact of the reduction in corporate rate on the deferred tax balances, we are continuing to analyze the temporary differences that existed on the date of enactment and the temporary differences originating in the current fiscal year.

These benefits were more than offset by a net expense for the Transition Tax of $28.9 during the quarter ending December 31, 2017. We will not be able to precisely determine the amount of the Transition Tax until the end of fiscal 2018 because certain cash and cash equivalent balances at September 30, 2018 and current year earnings are key inputs in the calculation. Additionally, other information needs to be verified, including cumulative foreign earnings in order to precisely compute the amount of the Transition Tax. Provisional Transition Tax of $2.3 and $26.6 is included in other current liabilities and other long-term liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 31, 2018. During the three months ended March 31, 2018, we did not record an adjustment to the provisional tax expense recognized during the quarter ended December 31, 2017, as we continue to evaluate the impact of the Tax Act. We will recognize an adjustment to the provisional tax expense once we have determined the actual tax impact, pursuant to SAB 118.

The enactment dates for many of the provisions within the Tax Act are for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, and as a result, certain provisions are not effective until our fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. The provisions that are not effective until our fiscal year 2019 and, as such, have not been incorporated into the current period tax provision, include creating a base erosion anti-abuse tax, eliminating U.S. federal income taxes on dividends from foreign subsidiaries, limiting the amount of deductible interest expense, the repeal of the domestic production activity deduction, limitations on the utilization of foreign tax credits to reduce the U.S. income tax liability as well as other provisions. With the enactment of the Tax Act, we are evaluating our future cash deployment and may change our permanent reinvestment assertion in future periods.