Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
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, 2013 was 35.0%, compared to 34.5% for the first half of fiscal 2012. The difference between the Company's effective tax rate and the Federal statutory rate of 35.0% primarily reflected the impact of state taxes, offset by lower foreign income taxes.

The Company had unrecognized tax benefits (excluding penalties and interest) of $3,074 and $2,708 on March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, respectively, all of which, if recorded, would impact the 2013 annual effective tax rate.  It is reasonably possible that $36 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 $187 in interest and penalties in the provision for income taxes for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Total penalties and interest accrued were $2,058 and $1,871 at March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, 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, 2013, the tax years that remain subject to examination by major jurisdiction generally are:

United States – Federal
2010 and forward
United States – State
2009 and forward
2008 and forward
2004 and forward
United Kingdom
2010 and forward
2009 and forward
2005 and forward