Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Apr. 02, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
VF is obligated under noncancelable operating leases. Refer to Note 10 for additional information related to future lease payments.
In the ordinary course of business, VF has entered into purchase commitments for finished products and raw materials. Total payments required under these agreements, which primarily relate to finished products, are $3.0 billion, $72.8 million and $68.4 million for fiscal years 2023 through 2025, respectively, and no commitments thereafter.
VF has entered into commitments for (i) capital spending, (ii) service and maintenance agreements related to its management information systems, and (iii) other obligations. Future payments under these agreements are $194.4 million, $66.1 million, $23.4 million, $20.2 million and $1.8 million for fiscal years 2023 through 2027, respectively, and no commitments thereafter.
Surety bonds, customs bonds, standby letters of credit and international bank guarantees, all of which represent contingent guarantees of performance under self-insurance and other programs, totaled $110.2 million as of March 2022. These commitments would only be drawn upon if VF were to fail to meet its claims or other obligations.
As previously reported, V.F. Corporation (“VF”) petitioned the U.S. Tax Court (the “Court”) to resolve an Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) dispute regarding the timing of income inclusion associated with VF’s acquisition of The Timberland Company in
September 2011. While the IRS argues that all such income should have been immediately included in 2011, VF has reported periodic income inclusions in subsequent tax years. Both parties moved for summary judgment on the issue, and on January 31, 2022, the Court issued its opinion in favor of the IRS. VF believes the opinion of the Court was in error based on the technical merits and intends to appeal; however, VF will be required to pay the 2011 taxes and interest being disputed or post a surety bond. It is anticipated that during Fiscal 2023, the IRS will assess, and VF will pay, the 2011 taxes and interest, which would be recorded as a tax receivable based on the technical merits of our position with regards to the case. The gross amount of taxes and interest as of April 2, 2022 was estimated at approximately $845.0 million and will continue to accrue interest until paid. VF continues to believe its timing and treatment of the income inclusion is appropriate and VF is vigorously defending its position. However, should the Court opinion ultimately be upheld on appeal, this tax receivable may not be collected by VF. If the Court opinion is upheld, VF should be entitled to a refund of taxes paid on the periodic inclusions that VF has reported. However, any such refund could be substantially reduced by potential indirect tax effects resulting from application of the Court opinion. Deferred tax liabilities, representing VF’s future tax on annual inclusions, would also be released. The net impact to tax expense estimated as of April 2, 2022 could be up to $700.0 million.
The Company is currently involved in other legal proceedings that are ordinary, routine litigation incidental to the business. The resolution of which is not currently expected to have a material adverse impact on the Company's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.