Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
Income Taxes [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Note 9.   Income Taxes

Income tax provisions for the Company's interim periods are based on the effective income tax rate expected to be applicable for the full year. The Company's effective tax rate for the six months ended March 31, 2012 was 34.5%, compared to 35.2% for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The difference between the Company's effective tax rate and the Federal statutory rate of 35.0% primarily reflected the impact of state and foreign income taxes.

The Company had unrecognized tax benefits (excluding penalties and interest) of $3,634 and $2,928 on March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively, all of which, if recorded, would impact the 2012 annual effective tax rate.  It is reasonably possible that $269 of the unrecognized tax benefits could be recognized in the next 12 months primarily due to tax examinations and the expiration of statutes related to specific tax positions.

The Company classifies interest and penalties on tax uncertainties as a component of the provision for income taxes. The Company included $285 in interest and penalties in the provision for income taxes for the first six months of fiscal 2012. Total penalties and interest accrued were $2,127 and $1,842 at March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively.  These accruals may potentially be applicable in the event of an unfavorable outcome of uncertain tax positions.
The Company is currently under examination in several tax jurisdictions and remains subject to examination until the statute of limitations expires for those tax jurisdictions.  As of March 31, 2012, the tax years that remain subject to examination by major jurisdiction generally are:

United States - Federal
2008 and forward
United States - State
2008 and forward
2007 and forward
2003 and forward
United Kingdom
2009 and forward
2007 and forward
2005 and forward