The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC Topic 740 - Income Taxes (“ASC 740”). Under the provisions of ASC 740, management is required to evaluate whether a valuation allowance should be established against its deferred tax assets. We currently have a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets. As of each reporting date, the Company’s management considers new evidence, both positive and negative, that could impact management’s view with regard to future realization of deferred tax assets. For the twenty-six weeks ended June 27, 2020, there was no material change from fiscal year ended 2019 in the amount of the Company's deferred tax assets that are not more likely than not to be realized in future years.
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act contains numerous income tax provisions, such as relaxing limitations on the deductibility of interest and the use of net operating losses arising in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017. Due to the existence of previously incurred losses, the NOL carryback provisions of the CARES Act did not result in a cash benefit to the Company, however, we do anticipate increased interest expense deductions for tax purposes in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the relaxation of the limitations on the deductibility of interest.
Note 6 – Commitments and Contingencies
During March and April 2020, the Company entered into new lease agreements for office space for its Philippines subsidiary and Torrance headquarters, respectively.
Philippines office lease: The lease commenced on March 15, 2020 with a ten-year lease term set to expire in March of 2030. The Company is obligated to pay approximately $500 in annual base rent, which shall increase by 5% each year beginning on the second year of the lease term and then increase by 4% each year beginning on the sixth year of the lease term. In accordance with ASU 842 – Leases (“ASC 842”), the Company recorded $5,325 in Right-of-use assets – operating, non-current, and $4,981 in Right-of-use obligation – operating, non-current, with $344 recorded in Right-of-use obligation – operating, current, on the consolidated balance sheet at the commencement of the lease.
Torrance headquarters office lease: The lease commenced on April 13, 2020 with a seventy-month lease term set to expire in March of 2026. The Company is obligated to pay approximately $73 in monthly base rent (free rent for five months in the first two years), which shall increase by 3% each year beginning on the second-year anniversary of the lease term. In accordance with ASU 842 – Leases (“ASC 842”), the Company recorded $4,338 in Right-of-use assets – operating, non-current, and $3,916 in Right-of-use obligation – operating, non-current, with $422 recorded in Right-of-use obligation – operating, current, on the consolidated balance sheet at the commencement of the lease.
Asbestos. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, Automotive Specialty Accessories and Parts, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Whitney Automotive Group, Inc. ("WAG"), are named defendants in several lawsuits involving claims for damages caused by installation of brakes during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that contained asbestos. WAG marketed certain brakes, but did not manufacture any brakes. WAG maintains liability insurance coverage to protect its and the Company’s assets from losses arising from the litigation and coverage is provided on an occurrence rather than a claims made basis, and the Company is not expected to incur significant out-of-pocket costs in connection with this matter that would be material to its consolidated financial statements.
Customs Issues. On April 2, 2018, the Company filed a complaint against the United States of America, the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), in the United States Court of International Trade (the “Court”) (Case No. 1:18-cv-00068) seeking (i) relief from a single entry bonding requirement set by the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), at a level equivalent to three times the commercial invoice value of each shipment (the “Bonding Requirement”), (ii) a declaration that the Bonding Requirement is unlawful, (iii) an injunction prohibiting additional delayed entry for all of the Company’s currently-held goods being denied entry into the United States. The genesis for the action is CBP’s wrongful seizure of aftermarket vehicle grilles and associated parts being imported by the Company (“Repair Grilles”) on the basis that the Repair Grilles allegedly bear counterfeit trademarks of the original automobile manufacturers (i.e., original-equipment manufacturers, or “OEMs”). Generally, these trademarks, as applied against the Company, purport to cover the shape of the grilles themselves, or the OEM’s logo or name. However, the Repair Grilles are not counterfeit and do not cause a likelihood of confusion amongst purchasers or