Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
Mar. 26, 2023
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
Income Taxes Income Taxes
The following is a reconciliation of the expected federal income taxes at the statutory rates of 21%:
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 26, 2023 March 27, 2022
Expected income tax expense $ 1,921  $ 1,272 
State tax expense, net of federal benefit 301  227 
FICA tip credit (997) (898)
Officers' compensation 76  59 
Stock compensation (381) (127)
Income tax expense $ 925  $ 537 
Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance if, based on the weight of the available evidence, it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred taxes will not be realized. Both positive and negative evidence is considered in forming management’s judgment as to whether a valuation allowance is appropriate, and more weight is given to evidence that can be objectively verified. The tax benefits relating to any reversal of the valuation allowance on the deferred tax assets would be recognized as a reduction of future income tax expense. As of March 26, 2023, the Company believes that it will realize all of its deferred tax assets. Therefore, no valuation allowance has been recorded.
The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") audited our tax return for the fiscal year 2016. In August 2020, the IRS issued a Notice of Proposed Adjustment to the Company asserting that the tenant allowances paid to us under our operating leases should be recorded as taxable income for years 2016 and prior. The Company disagrees with this position based on the underlying facts and circumstances as well as standard industry practice. The Company estimates if the IRS's position was upheld, the Company's tax liability associated with this position could range between $0.5 million and $2.5 million. In accordance with the provisions of FASB Accounting Standards Codification Subtopic 740-10, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, the Company believes that it is more likely than not that the Company's position will ultimately be sustained upon further examination, including the resolution of the IRS's appeal or litigation processes, if any. As of March 26, 2023 and March 27, 2022, the Company recognized no liability for uncertain tax positions.
It is the Company’s policy to include any penalties and interest related to income taxes in its income tax provision. However, the Company currently has no penalties or interest related to income taxes.
The tax years 2021, 2020 and 2019 remain open for IRS audit. The Company has received no notice of audit or any notifications from the IRS for any of the open tax years.