Today TaxMama hears from Rick in South Carolina with this question. “We have a small business producing conveyor replacement parts. We believe our physical inventory is grossly under valued. How can we re-evaluate this inventory and what permission do we need from the IRS?”
Personally, I’ve never done this before. So, if I were you, I’d look for someone who has. In this case, it’s likely to be a CPA, rather than an Enrolled Agent, since this is more of an accounting issue than a tax issue. Visit www.aicpa.org to find a CPA locally.
You would use Form 3115 to request approval http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3115.pdf .
You can find the instructions here. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i3115.pdf .
There may be a fee for this from IRS, I am not sure. Who knows, if you read the instructions, perhaps you can figure out how to do this yourself? Good luck!
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