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circumstances change, we reassess these probabilities and record any changes in the financial statements as appropriate. We account for uncertain tax positions by determining the minimum recognition threshold that a tax position is required to meet before being recognized in the financial statements. This determination requires the use of significant judgment in evaluating our tax positions and assessing the timing and amounts of deductible and taxable items. Deferred tax assets represent amounts available to reduce income taxes payable on taxable income in future years. Such assets arise because of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, as well as from net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. Deferred tax assets are evaluated for future realization and reduced by a valuation allowance to the extent that a portion is not more likely than not to be realized. Many factors are considered when assessing whether it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will be realized, including recent cumulative earnings, expectations of future taxable income, carryforward periods and other relevant quantitative and qualitative factors. The recoverability of the deferred tax assets is evaluated by assessing the adequacy of future expected taxable income from all sources, including reversal of taxable temporary differences, forecasted operating earnings and available tax planning strategies. This evaluation relies heavily on estimates.
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33 Only Walmart Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This Annual Report to Shareholders contains statements that we believe are “forward-looking statements” entitled to the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. The forward-looking statements made in this Annual Report to Shareholders are not statements of historical facts, but instead express our estimates or expectations for our consolidated, or one of our segment’s, economic performance or results of operations for future periods or as of future dates or events or developments that may occur in the future or discuss our plans, objectives or goals. These forward-looking statements relate to: • the growth of our business or change in our competitive position in the future or in or over particular periods; • the amount, number, growth or increase, in or over certain periods, of or in certain financial items or measures or operating measures, including net sales, comparable store and club sales, liabilities, expenses of certain categories, returns, capital and operating investments or expenditures of particular types, new store openings, or investments in particular formats; • investments we will make and how certain of those investments are expected to be financed; • volatility in currency exchange rates and fuel prices affecting our or one
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