9. Income Taxes
Prior to fiscal year 2011, a valuation allowance was recorded against our deferred tax assets as we determined the
realization of these assets did not meet the more likely than not criteria. During the first thirteen weeks of 2011, we determined that a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets was not necessary and recorded a partial reversal of
the deferred tax valuation allowance of $21.4 million. We considered the available positive and negative evidence, including our recent earnings trend and expected continued future taxable income including the following discrete events: (1) our
attainment of three years of cumulative income and (2) the finalization of our current year and long range financial plan which projects sufficient future taxable income. As of September 30, 2012, there is no valuation allowance for our
gross deferred tax assets.
As of September 30, 2012 and January 1, 2012, the Company included $1.5 million and $0.1
million, respectively, of current income taxes payable in accrued expenses on its condensed consolidated balance sheet.