Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2015
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes



As of December 31, 2015, the Company has net operating loss carryforwards of approximately $15.3 million available to reduce future taxable income, if any, for Federal and state income tax purposes. The U.S. federal and state net operating loss carryforwards will begin to expire in 2028.


As of December 31, 2015, the Company has research and development credit carryforwards of approximately $488,000 available to reduce future taxable income, if any, for Federal and state income tax purposes. The Federal credit carryforwards begin to expire in 2028. California credits have no expiration date.


Under the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Sections 382 and 383, annual use of the Company’s net operating loss and research tax credit carryforwards to offset taxable income may be limited based on cumulative changes in ownership. The Company has not completed an analysis to determine whether any such limitations have been triggered as of December 31, 2015. The Company has no income tax affect due to the recognition of a full valuation allowance on the expected tax benefits of future loss carry forwards based on uncertainty surrounding realization of such assets.


A reconciliation of the statutory income tax rates and the Company’s effective tax rate is as follows:


    December 31,  
    2015     2014  
Statutory U.S. federal rate     34.0 %     34.0 %
State income tax, net of federal benefit     5.8 %     3.9 %
Meals & entertainment     (0.1 )%     (0.3 )%
Others     0.0 %     (0.5 )%
Forward sale of preferred stock     0.0 %     (2.3 )%
Non-cash interest on conversion     0.0 %     (2.8 )%
Valuation allowance     (39.7 )%     (32.0 )%
Provision for income taxes     0.0 %     0.0 %


The tax effects of the temporary differences and carry forwards that give rise to deferred tax assets consist of the following:


    As of December 31,  
    2015     2014  
Deferred tax assets:                
Net operating loss carry forwards   $ 6,192,058     $ 3,675,012  
Patent costs     410,913       318,652  
Capitalized interest     85,568       85,568  
Accrued vacation     27,852       10,237  
Research and development credit     345,721       200,482  
Stock-based compensation     1,480,266       383,381  
Other     5,195       4,460  
Gross deferred tax assets     8,547,573       4,677,792  
Valuation allowance     (8,547,573 )     (4,677,792 )
Net deferred tax assets   $ —     $ —  


The Company did not record any accruals for income tax accounting uncertainties for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.


Authoritative guidance requires companies to accrue interest and related penalties, if applicable, on all tax positions for which reserves have been established consistent with jurisdictional tax laws. The Company’s policy is to recognize interest and penalties that would be assessed in relation to the settlement value of unrecognized tax benefits as a component of income tax expense. The Company did not accrue either interest or penalties from inception through December 31, 2015.


The Company does not have any unrecognized tax benefits that will significantly decrease or increase within 12 months of December 31, 2015.


The Company’s major tax jurisdictions are the United States and California. All of the Company’s tax years will remain open three and four years for examination by the Federal and state tax authorities, respectively, from the date of utilization of the net operating loss. The Company does not have any tax audits pending.