|9 Months Ended|
Nov. 30, 2017
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
Our effective tax rate for the nine months ended November 30, 2017, and November 30, 2016, was 20.1% and 26.7%, respectively. Our effective tax rate for the three months ended November 30, 2017, and November 30, 2016, was 23.2% and 16.3%, respectively.
For the nine months and three months ended November 30, 2017, our effective tax rate was lower than the federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to (i) lower effective tax rates applicable to our foreign businesses, including our assertion regarding indefinitely reinvesting earnings of certain foreign subsidiaries, which was initially asserted in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, and (ii) the recognition of the income tax effect of stock-based compensation awards in the income statement when the awards vest or are settled in connection with our March 1, 2017, adoption of the FASB amended share-based compensation guidance. For the nine months and three months ended November 30, 2016, our effective tax rate was lower than the federal statutory rate primarily due to the change in our assertion regarding our ability and intent to indefinitely reinvest undistributed earnings of certain foreign subsidiaries.
In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, which will result in significant changes to U.S. tax rules. We are currently assessing the impact of this legislation on our consolidated financial statements for the year ended February 28, 2018, and beyond. Based on our preliminary analysis, our expectation is that the reduction in the corporate federal statutory tax rate, effective January 1, 2018, will result in a reduction in our existing net deferred tax liabilities. This benefit will be recorded during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.
The entire disclosure for income taxes. Disclosures may include net deferred tax liability or asset recognized in an enterprise's statement of financial position, net change during the year in the total valuation allowance, approximate tax effect of each type of temporary difference and carryforward that gives rise to a significant portion of deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets, utilization of a tax carryback, and tax uncertainties information.
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