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Income Taxes

Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
May 31, 2018
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  

Our effective tax rate for the three months ended May 31, 2018, and May 31, 2017, was 17.3% and 15.1%, respectively. For the three months ended May 31, 2018, our effective tax rate was lower than the federal statutory rate of 21% primarily due to (i)  lower effective tax rates applicable to our foreign businesses, (ii)  the reversal of valuation allowances in connection with the sale of our Accolade Wine Investment and (iii)  the recognition of a net income tax benefit from stock-based compensation award activity. For the three months ended May 31, 2017, 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.

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJ Act”) was signed into law. The TCJ Act significantly changes U.S. corporate income taxes. Additionally, in December 2017, the SEC issued guidance related to the income tax accounting implications of the TCJ Act. This guidance provides a measurement period, which extends no longer than one year from the enactment date of the TCJ Act, during which a company may complete its accounting for the income tax implications of the TCJ Act. In accordance with this guidance, we recorded a provisional net income tax benefit for the year ended February 28, 2018. Refer to Note 13 of our consolidated financial statements included in our 2018 Annual Report for further information.

We did not record any material adjustments to this provisional amount for the three months ended May 31, 2018. However, as we complete our analysis of the TCJ Act and incorporate additional guidance that may be issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, the IRS and other standard-setting bodies, we may adjust the recorded provisional amounts in subsequent reporting periods. Those adjustments may materially impact our provision for income taxes and effective tax rate in the period in which the adjustments are made.

The TCJ Act also creates a new requirement that certain income earned by foreign subsidiaries (“GILTI”) be included in U.S. gross income. The FASB allows an accounting policy election of either recognizing deferred taxes for temporary differences expected to reverse as GILTI in future years or recognizing such taxes as a current period expense when incurred. We have elected to treat the tax effect of GILTI as a current-period expense when incurred.