NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV), the leading provider of digital government services, today announced net income of $16.2 million and earnings per share of 24 cents on total revenues of $80.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. In the third quarter of 2015, the Company reported net income of $12.8 million and earnings per share of 19 cents on total revenues of $75.0 million. For the third quarter of 2016, the Company's effective tax rate was 20 percent, compared to 36 percent in the prior year quarter. The lower effective tax rate was primarily attributable to favorable tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction for the 2015 and 2016 tax years, and an increase in the previously estimated federal research and development tax credit for the 2015 tax year upon the filing of the Company's 2015 federal tax return during the current quarter. Combined, these discrete tax items increased earnings per share for the current quarter by approximately 5 cents. Quarterly portal revenues were $75.0 million, a 7 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015. On a same-state basis, portal revenues were $73.6 million in the current quarter, a 5 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015. Same-state, transaction-based revenues from Interactive Government Services (IGS) rose 12 percent over the third quarter of 2015, due primarily to higher volumes from a variety of services including motor vehicle inspections and registrations, business registration filings, and outdoor recreational licensing, among others. Same-state, transaction-based revenues from Driver History Records (DHR) were down 1 percent and same-state portal software development revenues decreased 27 percent due to the timing of project-based initiatives across several portals. Current quarter revenues from the Company's newest portal in Louisiana totaled $1.4 million for the portal's first full quarter of providing enterprise-wide digital government services.