In connection with the Separation, SHO and Sears Holdings entered into a Tax Sharing Agreement that governs the rights and obligations of the parties with respect to pre-Separation and post-Separation tax matters. Under the Tax Sharing Agreement, Sears Holdings is responsible for any federal, state or foreign income tax liability relating to tax periods ending on or before the Separation. For all periods after the Separation, the Company is responsible for any federal, state or foreign tax liability. Current income taxes payable for any federal, state or foreign income tax returns is reported in the period incurred.
We account for uncertainties in income taxes according to accounting standards for uncertain tax positions. The Company is present in a large number of taxable jurisdictions and, at any point in time, can have audits underway at various stages of completion in one or more of these jurisdictions. We evaluate our tax positions and establish liabilities for uncertain tax positions that may be challenged by local authorities and may not be fully sustained, despite the belief that the underlying tax positions are fully supportable. Unrecognized tax benefits are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are adjusted in light of changing facts and circumstances, including progress of tax audits, developments in case law, and closings of statutes of limitation. Such adjustments are reflected in the tax provision as appropriate. Pursuant to the Tax Sharing Agreement, Sears Holdings is responsible for any unrecognized tax liabilities or benefits through the date of the Separation and the Company is responsible for any uncertain tax positions after the Separation. For the 13 and 39 weeks ended October 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011, no unrecognized tax benefits have been identified and reflected in the financial statements.
We classify interest expense and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits and interest income on tax overpayments as components of income tax expense. As no unrecognized tax benefits have been identified and reflected in the condensed consolidated financial statements, no interest or penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits are reflected in the condensed consolidated balance sheets or statements of income.
As of October 29, 2011 the assets and liabilities of the Sears Hometown and Hardware and Sears Outlet businesses were owned by subsidiaries of Sears Holdings. On August 31, 2012, through a series of intercompany transactions Sears Holdings and several of its subsidiaries transferred the assets and liabilities comprising the Sears Hometown and Hardware and Sears Outlet businesses to SHO. In connection with the intercompany transactions, for tax purposes the transferred assets and liabilities were stepped up to their estimated fair market values as of August 31, 2012, but for financial statement purposes the book value of the assets and liabilities remained unchanged at their historical cost bases. As of October 27, 2012 the net deferred tax asset balance was $79.8 million compared to a net deferred tax liability of $5.3 million as of October 29, 2011. The increase in the deferred tax asset as of October 27, 2012 reflects the stepped-up tax basis in excess of the book basis that occurred in connection with the intercompany transactions described above, primarily for merchandise inventories, favorable leases, fixed assets, and royalty-free licenses to use the "Sears" name.