Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
6 Months Ended
Jun. 29, 2013
Income Taxes

Note L — Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the first half of 2013 was 21.0% compared with 22.2% in the first half of 2012. The first six months of 2013 included net discrete tax benefits of $14.4 million, which included $8.3 million of tax benefits related to the extension of certain tax credits and other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code enacted in 2013 which are retroactive to 2012, and $6.9 million of tax benefits related to the realization of previously unrecognized tax benefits and interest. The net discrete tax benefits reduced the effective income tax rate for the first half of 2013 by 2.8% compared with a reduction of 4.3% in the first half of 2012. The remaining reduction in the effective income tax rate for the first half of 2013 compared with the 2012 period related primarily to a higher percentage of income in lower tax rate jurisdictions.

VF files a consolidated U.S. federal income tax return, as well as separate and combined income tax returns in numerous states and foreign jurisdictions. In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) examination for tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009 was completed in 2012. VF has appealed the results of the 2007 to 2009 examination to the IRS Appeals office. Tax years prior to 2007 have been effectively settled with the IRS, with the exception of outstanding refund claims. The IRS commenced an examination of Timberland’s 2010 and 2011 tax years during 2012. The IRS audit of Timberland’s 2008 and 2009 tax years was settled during 2012. In addition, VF is currently subject to examination by various state and international tax authorities. Management regularly assesses the potential outcomes of both ongoing and future examinations for the current and prior years to ensure VF’s provision for income taxes is sufficient. The outcome of any one examination is not expected to have a material impact on VF’s consolidated financial statements. Management believes that some of these audits and negotiations will conclude during the next 12 months.


During the first six months of 2013, the amount of net unrecognized tax benefits and associated interest increased by $2.7 million to $119.8 million. Management believes that it is reasonably possible that the amount of unrecognized income tax benefits may decrease during the next 12 months by approximately $44.1 million related to the completion of audits and other settlements with tax authorities and the expiration of statutes of limitations, $15.0 million of which would reduce income tax expense.