HAZARD, Ky. and FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (Nasdaq: KFFB), the holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard, Kentucky and First Federal Savings Bank of Frankfort, Kentucky, announced that the Company has reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States Tax Court allowing a $1.4 million deduction that was previously disallowed by the Service. The Company had filed a petition with the United States Tax Court claiming that the Company was entitled to a deduction related to payments it made with regard to stock options in March 2005. The payments were coincident with the initial transactions which were executed for the creation of the Company and the joining of the business entities of the two subsidiary banks. The Company recorded an additional $443,000 provision for income tax in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, in response to the preliminary results of the IRS audit. The Company anticipates that the tax benefit from the court decision will be recognized in its statement of operations for the three-month period ending March 31, 2011.
The court decision, which was signed by Judge Robert P. Ruwe on February 3, 2011, states that the Company is entitled to a refund of $403,706 plus interest. Tony D. Whitaker, in commenting about the court decision, said "we have always been confident in the validity of the deduction and are indeed thankful to have received a favorable decision from the court."
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