Bob Richardson

LIFOPro offers turnkey outsourcing solutions to allow companies to outsource all LIFO-related work to us! Listed below are the key steps to streamlining the analysis, calculation & implementation steps required to elect LIFO in the year of adoption. With our outsourcing model, companies can obtain material tax benefits from electing LIFO in the following four simple steps:

  • Step 1: Analysis
  • Step 2: Onboarding
  • Step 3: Calculation
  • Step 4: Reporting & change implementation

LIFOPro’s Turnkey Outsourcing Solutions Process Flow: Election Year

LIFOPro’s Turnkey Outsourcing Solutions Process Flow: Recurring (Optional)


Any company that’s not on LIFO that is considering electing for this coming year end SHOULD ALWAYS perform a cost-benefit analysis in order to answer the following questions:

  • What are the potential current year tax savings?
  • What have the historical inflation trends been for our company’s product mix?
  • Do the current year & historical results suggest that my company’s a good LIFO candidate?
  • How volatile could being on LIFO be based on the analysis results?
  • What are the costs of implementing LIFO & maintaining the calculation in-house?
  • What are the costs of outsourcing all LIFO-related work in the year of implementation & on a recurring basis?
  • What are the costs of obtaining LIFO software to manage the calculation in-house in periods subsequent to the election?
  • Do the projected benefits outweigh the potential costs?

LIFOPro offers complimentary LIFO election benefit analysis for companies considering LIFO elections in order to answer many of the questions posed above. Here’s how LIFOPro’s benefit analysis process works:

  • LIFOPro requests documentation to complete the benefit analysis – consists of the following documentation:
    • Current & prior period’s item detail or stock status reports – aka inventory valuation/snapshot reports
    • Combined federal & state tax rate – optional
  • LIFOPro performs a LIFO election benefit analysis that includes the following:
    • Current year pro forma LIFO calculation – to estimate the potential tax savings from electing LIFO this year
    • 20 year pro forma LIFO calculation – to determine the following:
      • Historical average annual inflation rate – should be at least 1% or greater to merit being a worthy LIFO candidate
      • Inflation frequency – how many years was inflation calculated in the past 20 years (should be more than half to be a worthy LIFO candidate)?
      • Historical average inflation rates for the most predominant items in product mix
    • Good LIFO candidate & LIFO election recommendation – provides a straight yes or no answer regarding whether a company is 1. A good LIFO candidate 2. If a current year LIFO election is recommended based on the pro forma calculation results (must be a good LIFO candidate for a current year election to be recommended)
    • LIFO submethods recommendations – one of the most overlooked, but important aspects of LIFO is choosing the best submethods! Let the LIFO experts provide our best practices feedback from our 30 years of experience of working with companies of all sizes, industries & product mixes!
    • Turnkey outsourcing solutions fee quote: shows the following
      • Estimated first year cost to outsource all efforts related to the adopting LIFO, including year end LIFO calculation, LIFOPro PDF report package delivery & IRS LIFO election forms preparation
      • Estimated recurring cost to outsource the calculation on an annual basis
      • Estimated LIFOPro software license cost if company desires to take the LIFO calculation in-house after the year of adoption (beginning in the second year)
  • LIFOPro delivers LIFO Election Benefit Analysis Report & turnkey outsourcing solutions fee quote within one week of receipt of the documentation listed above
  • LIFOPro follows up to schedule call with analysis recipient, discuss results &answer questions
  • LIFOPro delivers formal proposal in the event that analysis recipient would like to move forward with LIFO implementation & turnkey outsourcing solution


Our turnkey outsourcing solutions allows companies to maintain the tax savings from LIFO while avoiding all the hassle. With our turnkey outsourcing solutions, all aspects of a company’s LIFO calculation can be outsourced to LIFOPro, including:

  • Requesting the raw data required to complete the LIFO calculation & organizing the documentation provided by the client
  • Completing the inflation index, LIFO layer & LIFO reserve calculation, which represent the front & back ends of all dollar-value LIFO calculations
  • Maintaining the LIFO permanent files within our LIFOPro software & delivering a LIFOPro PDF report package that includes comprehensive calculation documentation & all amounts required for financial reporting & tax return purposes
  • Performing interim LIFO estimates & ad-hoc projections
  • Integrating §263A UNICAP costs into our LIFOPro reports
  • Completing LIFO-related accounting method changes, including layer history rebasing, pool combinations & splits
  • IRS forms 970 & 3115 preparation for LIFO elections & LIFO-related method changes

Calculation, reporting & change implementation

Upon formally engaging LIFOPro, we’ll handle all the heavy lifting to complete your company’s LIFO calculation & implement LIFO, including:

  • Completing the final year end LIFO calculation, which includes the following:
    • Current period inflation calculation
    • Current period’s LIFO layer history update & LIFO reserve calculation
    • Calculate Sec. 263A UNICAP costs (if applicable; using company-provided absorption ratio)
  • Prepare & deliver a LIFOPro report PDF package containing comprehensive calculation documentation
  • Prepare & deliver IRS LIFO election form & statement (Form 970)

Projecting Tax Savings From Electing LIFOSample LIFO Election Benefit Analysis ReportLIFO Election Benefit Analysis Documentation Request

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LIFO Election Benefit Analysis Questionnaire

Get a complimentary, no obligation LIFO Election Benefit Analysis & turnkey outsourcing solutions fee quote emailed to you within one week of submitting the request form below!

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 20 files.
For example, a company with a December year end sending us these reports in December of 2021 would send us their November 2021 & December 2020 item detail reports. Please upload reports that include the following fields 1. Item/part/product code or number 2. Item/part description 3. Current period quantity on hand/weight 4. Current period item/unit cost. 5. Any product hierarchy fields if they are available, such as: category/subcategory, class/subclass, type, group, line, division, cost/profit center, business segment/unit, etc. Including product hierarchies will provide for a more accurate estimate of the projected tax savings from LIFO & will also likely reduce the turnkey outsourcing solutions fee quote. You will receive a complimentary LIFO benefit analysis report & turnkey outsourcing solutions fee quote within one week of submitting this form. See a sample item detail report file & product hierarchies by downloading this file: Alternatively, you can email your item detail reports to after submitting this request form.