Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes

Note 23: Income Taxes


Deferred taxes are provided on a liability method whereby deferred tax assets are recognized for deductible temporary differences and operating loss and tax credit carry forwards and deferred tax liabilities are recognized for taxable temporary differences. Temporary differences are the differences between the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and their tax basis. 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.


Net deferred tax assets consist of the following components (in thousands):

    As of December 31,  
    2021     2020  
Deferred tax assets:                
NOL Carryover   $ 22,452     $ 11,946  
Lease Liability     869       615  
Stock Compensation     2,058       722  
Warrants     239       335  
Marketable Securities     351        
Deferred Revenue           457  
Other     291       82  
Subtotal     26,260       14,157  
Valuation Allowance     (23,931 )     (13,603 )
Deferred tax liabilities:                
Right of Use Assets     (788 )     (552 )
Intangible Assets     (1,541 )      
Other           (2 )
Net Deferred Tax Asset   $     $  



The income tax provision differs from the amount of income tax determined by applying the U.S. federal tax rate to pretax income from continuing operations due to the following (in thousands):

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2021     2020  
Income Tax Expense Computed at the Statutory Federal Rate   $ (26,521 )   $ (84,351 )
State Income Taxes, Net of Federal Tax Effect     (3,057 )     (872 )
Stock Compensation     2,421       1,333  
Conversion Option Revaluation           36,086  
Contingent Earn Out     (1,228 )      
Goodwill Impairment     1,003        
Secured Convertible Notes           217  
Warrants     14,519       44,037  
Other     305       16  
Non-U.S. operations     (106 )      
Valuation Allowance     12,664       3,534  
Income Tax Expenses    $     $  


At December 31, 2021, the Company had Federal, state, and foreign net operating loss carry forwards of approximately $80,508, $78,827, and $151, respectively, that may be offset against future taxable income and will begin to expire in 2028, if not utilized. No tax benefit has been reported in the December 31, 2021 financial statements since the potential tax benefit is offset by a valuation allowance of the same amount.


Due to the change in ownership provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, net operating loss carry forwards for Federal income tax reporting purposes are subject to annual limitations. Should a change in ownership occur, net operating loss carry forwards may be limited as to use in future years.


The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes, which requires the recognition of deferred tax liabilities and assets at currently enacted tax rates for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. A valuation allowance is recognized to reduce the net deferred tax asset to an amount that is more likely than not to be realized.


ASC 740 provides guidance on the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in a company’s financial statements. ASC 740 requires a company to determine whether it is more likely than not that a tax position will be sustained upon examination based upon the technical merits of the position. If the more-likely-than-not threshold is met, a company must measure the tax position to determine the amount to recognize in the financial statements.


The Company includes interest and penalties arising from the underpayment of income taxes in the statements of operation in the provision for income taxes. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had no accrued interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions.


The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and in the states of California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The Company is currently subject to U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities since inception of the Company.


Genius Brands International, Inc. is subject to U.S. income taxes on a stand-alone basis. Genius Brands International, Inc. and ChizComm Canada file separate stand-alone tax returns in each jurisdiction in which they operate. ChizComm Canada is a corporation operating in Canada and is subject to Canadian income taxes on its stand-alone taxable income.