Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
INCOME TAXES [Abstract]  

The Company utilizes the asset and liability approach to measuring deferred tax assets and liabilities based on temporary differences existing at each balance sheet date using currently enacted tax rates.  Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance when, in the opinion of management, it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted for the effects of changes in tax laws and rates on the date of enactment.

The income tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 consists of the following:

Three Months
Ended March 31,
Current Income Taxes
  $ -     $ -  
Deferred Income Taxes
    (123,429,000 )     3,741,000  
    (12,051,000 )     359,000  
Total Provision
  $ (135,480,000 )   $ 4,100,000  
Tax benefits are recognized only for tax positions that are more likely than not to be sustained upon examination by tax authorities.  The amount recognized is measured as the largest amount of benefit that is greater than 50 percent likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement.  Unrecognized tax benefits are tax benefits claimed in the Company’s tax returns that do not meet these recognition and measurement standards.

The Company has no liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits.

The Company’s policy is to recognize potential interest and penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits within income tax expense.  For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company did not recognize any interest or penalties in its statements of operations, nor did it have any interest or penalties accrued in its balance sheet at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 relating to unrecognized benefits.

The tax years 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 remain open to examination for federal income tax purposes and by the other major taxing jurisdictions to which the Company is subject.