and currently account for, income taxes in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes
("SFAS 109"). SFAS 109 established financial accounting reporting standards for the effects of income taxes resulting from an enterprise's
activities during the current and preceding years. It requires an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting of income taxes. We recognize deferred tax liabilities and assets
for the future consequences of events that have been recognized in our consolidated financial statements or McDonald's tax returns. If the future consequences of differences between financial
reporting basis and tax basis of our assets and liabilities result in a net deferred tax asset, we evaluate the probability of our ability to realize the future benefits indicated by that asset. If it
is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized, we'll record a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset. Our ability to realize that net
deferred tax asset generally depends on whether we have enough taxable income of an appropriate character within the carry-forward period permitted by the tax law. Unless we have enough taxable income
to offset the deductible amounts and carry forwards, the related tax benefits will expire unused. We evaluate both positive and negative evidence in making a determination as to whether it is more
likely than not that all or some portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized, and we measure deferred items based on enacted tax laws. This evaluation requires us to project our taxable
income sufficiently to realize the tax assets. The preparation of the projections requires considerable judgment and is subject to change to reflect future events and changes in tax laws.
We are involved in various claims and legal actions that arise in the ordinary course of business. These actions are subject to many uncertainties, and we cannot
predict the outcomes with any degree of certainty. Consequently, we were unable to ascertain the ultimate aggregate amount of monetary
liability or financial impact with respect to these matters at December 31, 2004 and at September 30, 2005. Once resolved, however, these actions may affect our operating results and
cash flows. In addition, we're involved in claims relating to the possible theft of our customers' credit and debit card data. In 2004, we recorded charges of $4.0 million to establish a
reserve for claims seeking reimbursement for purportedly fraudulent credit and debit card charges and the cost of replacing cards and monitoring expenses and fees. At November 30, 2005, the
remaining reserve was $1.9 million, which does not take into account a fine of $0.4 million assessed by MasterCard in December 2005 that we expect to charge against that reserve.
As the situation develops and more information becomes available, the amount of the reserve may increase or decrease accordingly. See "Risk FactorsRisks Related to Our Business and
IndustryWe may have experienced a security breach with respect to certain customer credit and debit card data, and we've incurred and may continue to incur substantial costs as a result
of this matter. We may also incur costs resulting from other security risks we may face in connection with our electronic processing and transmission of confidential customer information."