In a letter sent to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, the AICPA expressed its strong support for the Supply Chain Disruptions Relief Act. The bills – S.443 and H.R. 700 – led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tim Scott (R-SC), and Representatives Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and Dan Kildee (D-MI) would allow automobile dealerships to choose to wait until as late as 2025 for their inventory to be replaced in order to determine the income attributable to the sale of inventory during 2020 or 2021.
For many months, the AICPA has advocated for tax relief for those who use the Last-In First-Out (LIFO) accounting method, primarily automobile dealers, who have clearly documented how pandemic-related global supply chain disruptions have made it extremely difficult to restock inventory. However, the AICPA also supports broader relief if it becomes feasible, such as if other stakeholders and industries are able to come forth with additional data.
As a result of global supply chain disruptions caused by various government restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies will realize additional taxable income and unexpected tax liabilities, which may continue to hamper their recovery, as they may not have the cash readily available to pay taxes on the additional income. Section 473 of the Internal Revenue Code authorizes the Department of the Treasury and the IRS to permit taxpayers to reduce the unanticipated income from a qualified liquidation of LIFO inventories by replacing the inventory over a three-year period.
As Treasury has indicated that it does not have the authority to grant section 473 relief specifically under current circumstances, the AICPA has endorsed this legislation and particularly appreciates that the Supply Chain Disruptions Relief Act leverages principles of the AICPA safe harbor method.