A Note on Estimating the Economic Impact of the LIFO Method of Inventory Valuation

Abstract

During times of inflation, the use of the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of inventory valuation has the effect of lowering the reported earnings by excluding inventory holding gains from this number. Current income tax payments due on the reduced earnings are also lower. Taxes payable on inventory holding gains, therefore, are postponed until some future… (More)

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