Due to the pandemic and supply chain issues, many automobile dealerships are anticipating significant decreases in inventories when compared to the same time last year. This has left many dealerships that use the LIFO method of accounting for inventory concerned about LIFO recapture. Dealers using the LIFO method of accounting for inventories, in years of increasing inventory levels and prices, have benefited by being able to consider the last units acquired to be the first ones sold. Over time this benefit builds up as a LIFO reserve and as inventories decrease the reserve is recaptured. Some dealerships are experiencing decreases of 60% to 70% or more in inventories when compared to their prior year-end. Under those circumstance, dealerships on LIFO could face a significant tax burden from LIFO recapture. Read More
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