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An abbreviation for last in, first out, a method used in inventory accounting to value the merchandise of a particular business.

LIFO assumes that the last goods purchased are the first sold and, as a result, those items that remain unsold in the inventory at the end of the year are assumed to be those which were purchased first.



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However, under the LIFO method, the inventory on hand at the conversion date is not treated as being disposed of until the conversion layer is decreased.
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Present a short report or memorandum on the assessment of the switch away from LIFO on the current financing situation of the company as well on its prospective issuance of common stock.
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The study also included a survey of financial executives to determine their rationale for adopting either FIFO or LIFO inventory valuation.
Boyle concluded, "the LIFO method has provided for the proper matching of revenues and expenses in the computation of the cost of goods sold and taxable profits, especially in periods of rising prices.
There are a wealth of reasons for a company to choose FIFO or LIFO to value its inventory and measure its costs.
But Dollar-Value LIFO is simply an application of LIFO to periods with changing prices.
Under the LIFO method, the cheaper price will be used in calculating the total cost of making the product.