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Accounting Methods and Periods
Is your company taking advantage of the most tax-efficient accounting methods available?
Implementing optimized accounting methods helps to maximize cash flow, manage effective tax rates and mitigate IRS examinations. Are you following the current guidance regarding income deferral or deduction acceleration? The IRS continues to expand the availability of automatic consent procedures, which eases the process of changing current accounting methods.
If your business cannot address these issues efficiently and effectively, or if you do not have the internal resources to handle this task, RSM can assist. We offer:
- Comprehensive reviews. Detailed analysis of your books, records and tax returns, as well as interviews with tax department personnel, can reveal current accounting practices and allow us to offer valuable insights into your organization. This can lead to more tax-efficient methods for improving cash flow, managing effective tax rates, mitigating past noncompliance or even managing expiring net operating losses. Learn more about our accounting methods review.
- Strategic analysis and discussion. Our team can recommend changes to your existing accounting methods and analyze the potential benefits to your organization. We can work with your team and company leadership to adopt the desired changes.
- Compliance. Method changes are both strategic and tactical. Our accounting methods specialists can prepare the required forms, implement the new methods, file documents and follow up as necessary.
IRS provides automatic consent for method changes implementing the yet-to-be-clarified revenue recognition rules of section 451(b).
Proposed rules address many open issues and would prescribe complex calculations for taxpayers deducting business interest expense.
The IRS issued long-awaited guidance on the treatment of negative amounts subject to capitalization under the simplified UNICAP methods.
Proposed regulations eliminate Reg. section 1.451-5, which provides a method of deferring revenue from advance payments.
Tax deferral sought by Exelon denied; deficiency and penalty amounts in excess of $526 million affirmed on appeal.