Previously these taxpayers could determine if they were eligible to categorize taxable income under the cash method of accounting by meeting a different test. That gross receipts test was met if the taxpayer's average annual gross receipts for all prior taxable years did not exceed $5 million.
Under the recent law, taxpayers can use the cash method if average annual gross receipts for the three-taxable year period ending immediately before the current taxable year are $25 million (adjusted for inflation) or less.
The law also exempts taxpayers meeting the gross receipts test from the uniform capitalization rules. In addition, it made available an exception to the requirement to use an inventory method if businesses inventory is treated as non-incidental materials and supplies, or in accordance with the applicable financial statement. Those taxpayers without such a statement can utilizes their books and records
Moreover, the proposed regulations provide guidance for small businesses with long-term construction contracts and the requirements for exemption from the percentage-of-completion method and the uniform capitalization rule. For such taxpayers, guidance is provided for applying the look-back method after repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax and enactment of the base erosion and anti-abuse tax.