Revised Form 3115 issued in draft form
The IRS on Wednesday posted a draft version of a revised Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, which incorporates revisions to the process for requesting accounting method changes that were made by Rev. Proc. 2015-13. Accompanying draft instructions have not been posted.
Rev. Proc. 2015-13, which was released in January, specifies the procedures taxpayers must use to obtain automatic or advance consent to change an accounting method. Rev. Proc. 2015-13 generally replaces Rev. Proc. 2011-14, the previous revenue procedure governing automatic consent accounting method changes and Rev. Proc. 97-27, the previous revenue procedure governing advance consent for accounting method changes.
Rev. Proc. 2015-13 added new procedural rules for filing accounting method changes, including significant changes for taxpayers under examination. It also shortened the Sec. 481(a) adjustment periods and added a new requirement that Form 3115 be filed with the IRS office in Ogden, Utah, instead of with the IRS National Office. Read more on the Journal of Accountancy.