11. Income Taxes
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, we recorded a benefit of income taxes of $77. For the three months ended April 2, 2011, we recorded a provision for income taxes of $444. We regularly evaluate both positive and negative evidence related to retaining a valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets. The realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon sufficient future taxable income during the periods when deductible temporary differences and carryforwards are expected to be available to reduce taxable income. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we recorded a $1,031 valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets.
We recognize the financial statement benefit of a tax position only after determining that the relevant tax authority would more likely than not sustain the position. For tax positions meeting the more-likely-than-not threshold, the amount recognized in the consolidated financial statements is the largest benefit that has a greater than 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the relevant tax authority. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we did not have any material uncertain tax positions.
It is our practice to recognize interest related to income tax matters as a component of interest expense and penalties as a component of selling, general and administrative expense. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had an immaterial amount of accrued interest and penalties.
We are subject to income taxes in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, foreign jurisdictions and various state jurisdictions. Tax regulations from each jurisdiction are subject to the interpretation of the related tax laws and regulations and require significant judgment to apply. With few exceptions, we are no longer subject to U.S. federal, foreign, state or local income tax examinations by tax authorities for the years before 2008. We are not currently under examination by any taxing jurisdiction.
We had no significant unrecognized tax benefits as of March 31, 2012 that would reasonably be expected to affect our effective tax rate during the next twelve months.