Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
Mar. 29, 2014
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes

8) Income Taxes

The Company recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets are reduced, if deemed necessary, by a valuation allowance for the amount of tax benefits which are not expected to be realized. Investment tax credits are recognized on the flow through method.

ASC Topic 740-10 Overall - Uncertainty in Income Taxes (“ASC Topic 740-10”) clarifies the accounting and disclosure for uncertainty in tax positions. ASC Topic 740-10 seeks to reduce the diversity in practice associated with certain aspects of the recognition and measurement related to accounting for income taxes. The Company is subject to the provisions of ASC Topic 740-10 and has analyzed filing positions in all of the federal and state jurisdictions where it is required to file income tax returns, as well as all open tax years in these jurisdictions. Should the Company need to accrue a liability for uncertain tax benefits, any interest associated with that liability will be recorded as interest expense. Penalties, if any, would be recognized as operating expenses. There were no penalties or interest liability accrued as of March 29, 2014 or December 31, 2013, nor were any penalties or interest costs included in expense for the three month periods ending March 29, 2014 and March 30, 2013. The years under which we conducted our evaluation coincided with the tax years currently still subject to examination by major federal and state tax jurisdictions, those being 2010 through 2013 for federal purposes and 2009 through 2013 for state purposes.

The effective tax rates for the three months ended March 29, 2014 and March 30, 2013 were approximately 33.6% and 21.0%, respectively. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2014 was lower than the federal statutory rate, due to the domestic production activity deduction and lower effective tax rates on foreign income. The effective tax rate for the first three months of 2013 was impacted primarily by the domestic production activity deduction, lower foreign effective tax rates on foreign income, the recognition of approximately $1.1 million in domestic 2012 R&D tax credits and $0.2 million in domestic 2013 R&D tax credits.