New Accounting-Change Process Proposed


The IRS is requesting comments on a proposal to revamp how taxpayers may obtain the Service’s consent to change their method of accounting for tax purposes. Notice 2007-88 describes a “standard consent process” that would become the exclusive method not only for changes currently eligible for automatic consent but other changes not specifically requiring what would be called “specific consent” or “letter ruling consent.” Comments are requested by Jan. 18. The IRS said it will conduct a pilot program before issuing definitive guidance or implementing any permanent changes.

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