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Low Commodity Prices and the Potential Revenue Impact of Taxing LIFO Reserves

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Title: Low Commodity Prices and the Potential Revenue Impact of Taxing LIFO Reserves
Authors: Tinkelman, Daniel
Keywords: LIFO usage
LIFO reserves
Inventory methods
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Low commodity prices have reduced LIFO reserves, making prior estimates of reserves and the impact of eliminating LIFO obsolete. Using a combination of IRS and public company data, we estimate overall U.S. LIFO reserves and the potential tax revenue impact. At a 35% (15%) rate, taxing the 2016 LIFO reserves would yield between $19 ($8) and $25 ($11) billion.
Although fewer than 1% of 2013 corporate and partnership tax returns with inventory used LIFO, LIFO inventories comprised about 14% of the dollar value of U.S. inventories.
The findings are relevant to tax policy and accounting standards, and also provide context for instructors teaching about inventory methods.
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URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51990
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