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Cost Flow Assumption for Jeanette Corporation

The president of Jeanette Corporation is in a dilemma regarding which inventory method (LIFO or FIFO) to use. The controller of Jeanette Corporation provides the following list of factors that should be considered before making a choice.
1. Jeanette Corporation has borrowed money during the current month and has entered into a debt contract. The covenants of this contract requires Jeanette Corporation to achieve a certain amount of net income and maintain a certain amount of working capital.
2. The board of directors of Jeanette is contemplating a proposal to reward the top management of Jeanette Corporation with an inventive bonus that is based on accounting net income.
3. The vice president of finance suggests using the LIFO method for tax purposes and the FIFO method for financial reporting purposes. With lower taxable income, Jeanette Corporation can save on the current tax it pays, and at the same time, it can show higher income in the financial reports and "look good"
4. The controller cautions that while the LIFO method may reduce the current period tax liability, "it could hut us hard when things are not going so well." This potential problem with the LIFO method could be "aboided if we use FIFO in the first place"
5. However, the president would like to adopt the method that provides both a bettwe application of the matching principle and a more current measure of inventory on the balance sheet.
6. The controller suggests that Jeanette should adopt the FIFO method since higher accounting income means a higher stock price.

The president of Jeanette has asked you to write a report evaluating the pros and cons of each of the issues raised above. Given her busy-schedule, the president would like to report to be brief. In answering this question, assume that Jeanette Corporation expects an upward trend in inventory prices.

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Given that Jeanette Corporation expects an upward trend in inventory prices, the XXXX inventory method is recommended.
FIFO allows Jeanette to record a higher net income as a result of inventory items with lower prices being charged to cost of goods sold, ...

Solution Summary

The cost flow assumptions for Jeanette Corporation is examined. The solution examines which of the inventory method (LIFO or FIFO) to used.