AICPA Expresses Strong Support for Bipartisan, Bicameral Supply Chain Disruptions Relief Act



Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2023) – In a letter sent to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, the American Institute of CPAs (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 Internal Revenue Service (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.

“There are many dealerships that are feeling the pressure of the supply chain disruptions that have affected their businesses, and adding a large, unanticipated tax liability could lead to a downsizing of those businesses such as employee layoffs,” said Jan Lewis, AICPA Tax Executive Committee Chair. “We thank Senators Brown and Rice and Representatives Arrington and Kildee for their leadership on this important issue and urge Members of Congress to support this legislation.”

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The American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 421,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives continuing education to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.



Source: AICPA

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