Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2004-21
May 24, 2004
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LIFO; price indexes; department stores. The March 2004 Bureau of Labor Statistics price indexes are accepted for use by department stores employing the retail inventory and last-in, first-out inventory methods for valuing inventories for tax years ended on, or with reference to, March 31, 2004.
The following Department Store Inventory Price Indexes for March 2004 were issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The indexes are accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, under § 1.472-1(k) of the Income Tax Regulations and Rev. Proc. 86-46, 1986-2 C.B. 739, for appropriate application to inventories of department stores employing the retail inventory and last-in, first-out inventory methods for tax years ended on, or with reference to, March 31, 2004.
The Department Store Inventory Price Indexes are prepared on a national basis and include (a) 23 major groups of departments, (b) three special combinations of the major groups - soft goods, durable goods, and miscellaneous goods, and (c) a store total, which covers all departments, including some not listed separately, except for the following: candy, food, liquor, tobacco, and contract departments.
|BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT STORE INVENTORY PRICE INDEXES BY DEPARTMENT GROUPS (January 1941 = 100, unless otherwise noted)|
|Groups||March 2003||March 2004||Percent Change from March 2003 to March 20041|
|2.||Domestics and Draperies||552.6||537.6||-2.7|
|3.||Women’s and Children’s Shoes||642.6||643.4||0.1|
|8.||Women’s and Girls’ Accessories||556.0||561.7||1.0|
|9.||Women’s Outerwear and Girls’ Wear||380.1||379.7||-0.1|
|12.||Boys’ Clothing and Furnishings||470.9||451.9||-4.0|
|15.||Toilet Articles and Drugs||976.3||982.7||0.7|
|16.||Furniture and Bedding||625.2||620.3||-0.8|
|20.||Radio and Television||46.6||43.1||-7.5|
|21.||Recreation and Education2||83.8||81.6||-2.6|
|Groups 1-15: Soft Goods||570.4||564.9||-1.0|
|Groups 16-20: Durable Goods||400.8||387.2||-3.4|
|Groups 21-23: Misc. Goods2||95.0||93.8||-1.3|
|1Absence of a minus sign before the percentage change in this column signifies a price increase.|
|2Indexes on a January 1986 = 100 base.|
|3The store total index covers all departments, including some not listed separately, except for the following: candy, food, liquor, tobacco and contract departments.|
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