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Income Taxes

Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2021
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes
Note 11. Income Taxes
The Company's global operations, acquisition activity (as applicable) and specific tax attributes provide opportunities for continuous global tax planning initiatives to maximize tax credits and deductions. Comparative earnings before income taxes, income tax expense and effective income tax rates from continuing operations are as follows (in thousands):
  Three Months Ended November 30,
  2021 2020
Earnings from continuing operations before income tax expense $ 4,966  $ 7,080 
Income tax expense 1,781  2,258 
Effective income tax rate 35.9  % 31.9  %
The Company’s earnings from continuing operations before income taxes include earnings from both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Though most foreign tax rates are now in line with the U.S. tax rate of 21%, the annual effective tax rate is impacted by withholding taxes, losses in jurisdictions where no benefit can be realized, and various aspects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, such as the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income, Foreign-Derived Intangible Income and Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax provisions.
The effective tax rate for the three months ended November 30, 2021 was 35.9%, compared to 31.9% for the comparable prior-year period. Overall, both time periods are significantly impacted by year-to-date losses and deductions in jurisdictions where no tax benefit can be realized. The increase in the effective tax rate for the three months ended November 30, 2021 relative to the prior comparable period was primarily driven by revaluing tax assets due to tax rate changes. Additionally, both the current and prior-year effective income tax rates were impacted by non-recurring items.