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Tao & Willis, Inc.: Inventory Accounting Methods
Simko, Paul J.; BeMiller, Emma; Barranco, Kellie Case C-2384 / Published July 27, 2016 / 5 pages.
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An executive with Tao & Willis, Inc. (TW), is faced with choosing an inventory accounting method for a new Brazilian subsidiary of a U.S.-based company. Students are asked to assess the different profit implications of LIFO and FIFO for five years of data. During the time period, exchange rates between Brazil and the United States had been fluctuating significantly. This case focuses on the basics of inventory accounting in an interesting international context, and can be used in graduate or undergraduate business courses, specifically those teaching the fundamentals of financial accounting.


Learning Objectives

To highlight the mechanics of inventory cost flow assumptions (i.e., LIFO and FIFO) and how these assumptions influence profits. To highlight how corporate decisions can be greatly influenced by geopolitical factors, in this case high tariffs imposed on countries importing into Brazil.

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  • Overview

    An executive with Tao & Willis, Inc. (TW), is faced with choosing an inventory accounting method for a new Brazilian subsidiary of a U.S.-based company. Students are asked to assess the different profit implications of LIFO and FIFO for five years of data. During the time period, exchange rates between Brazil and the United States had been fluctuating significantly. This case focuses on the basics of inventory accounting in an interesting international context, and can be used in graduate or undergraduate business courses, specifically those teaching the fundamentals of financial accounting.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    To highlight the mechanics of inventory cost flow assumptions (i.e., LIFO and FIFO) and how these assumptions influence profits. To highlight how corporate decisions can be greatly influenced by geopolitical factors, in this case high tariffs imposed on countries importing into Brazil.