|12 Months Ended|
Feb. 01, 2020
8. INCOME TAXES
The reconciliation of income tax expense computed at the U.S. federal statutory tax rate to income tax expense reported in our consolidated statements of comprehensive income is as follows (in thousands):
On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act”) was enacted in the U.S. The Tax Act included a number of changes to U.S. tax laws that impact the Company, including the reduction of the federal statutory tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. As a result of the Tax Act, we recorded an $8.5 million charge in fiscal 2017. The charge consists of adjustments totaling $14.6 million related to repatriation taxes for accumulated earnings of foreign subsidiaries and the revaluation of net deferred tax assets, partially offset by a $6.1 million benefit due to the decrease in the federal statutory tax rate. The Tax Act adjustments were not material to the consolidated financial statements in fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018.
The components of our income tax expense are as follows (in thousands):
The pretax income from foreign operations for fiscal 2019, fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017 totaled $131.2 million, $109.9 million and $119.9 million, respectively. Cash paid for income taxes totaled $58.7 million, $134.4 million and $181.3 million in fiscal 2019, fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017, respectively.
Significant components of deferred income tax assets and liabilities are as follows (in thousands):
A valuation allowance is recorded to reduce the carrying amounts of deferred tax assets unless it is more likely than not that such assets will be realized. In evaluating our ability to realize our deferred tax assets we considered sources of future taxable income, including future reversals of existing taxable temporary differences, forecast of future profitability and tax planning strategies.
At February 1, 2020, we had state net operating loss carryforwards to reduce future taxable income of $7.5 million, net of federal tax benefits, and $0.3 million of foreign net operating loss carryforwards expiring at various dates between fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2039.
Unrecognized Tax Benefits Resulting from Uncertain Tax Positions
We operate in a number of tax jurisdictions and are subject to examination of our income tax returns by tax authorities in those jurisdictions who may challenge any item on these tax returns. Because the tax matters challenged by tax authorities are typically complex, the ultimate outcome of these challenges is uncertain. We recognize these tax benefits in our consolidated financial statements only after determining that it is more likely than not that the tax positions will be sustained.
A reconciliation of unrecognized tax benefits from the end of fiscal 2018 through the end of fiscal 2019 is as follows (in thousands):
Included in the balance of unrecognized tax benefits resulting from uncertain tax positions at February 1, 2020 is $44.7 million which, if recognized, would affect income tax expense. We do not expect any material changes to our liability for uncertain tax positions during the next 12 months. At February 1, 2020 and February 2, 2019, the total amount of interest accrued within the tax liability was $6.6 million and $4.9 million, respectively. There was no material interest or penalty expense recognized in the consolidated statements of comprehensive income in fiscal 2019, fiscal 2018 or fiscal 2017.
Our income tax returns are subject to examination by taxing authorities in the jurisdictions in which we operate. The periods subject to examination for our U.S. federal returns are fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2018 for our Canadian returns. State and provincial income tax returns are generally subject to examination for a period of to seven years after filing. We have various state and provincial income tax returns in the process of examination, appeals, litigation or settlement. Our income tax returns for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2012 are currently under examination by the Canadian tax authorities. Our U.S. federal returns for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017 are currently under examination by the Internal Revenue Service. We are not aware of any issues which would result in a material assessment of net tax obligations.
The entire disclosure for income taxes. Disclosures may include net deferred tax liability or asset recognized in an enterprise's statement of financial position, net change during the year in the total valuation allowance, approximate tax effect of each type of temporary difference and carryforward that gives rise to a significant portion of deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets, utilization of a tax carryback, and tax uncertainties information.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef