Seven Steps to Set Up a Cost of Goods Sold System for Your Winery

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Assuming that increased production decreases wine costs per unit is a common mistake. It all hinges on the winery’s cost structure–depending on what costs are fixed as opposed to variable. Wineries with a high variable cost structure will see costs increase in tandem with the growth in production. Conversely, wineries with higher fixed costs will achieve greater economy of scale as their production and sales volume increases and thus see their cost per unit decrease.

In this final article of the series, we provide COGS insights specific to wineries of different sizes. The difference of $1.2 million between the $2 million from the old method and the $800,000 of the new method would be taken as a deduction on the 2018 return. In addition, the 2018 production costs and cost of goods sold would all be accounted for in accordance with the new method.

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For eligible taxpayers, this new method could generate significant deductions in the year of change because they’ll be able to deduct those prior year production costs that remain in inventory. Simplifying the accounting of the overall business isn’t the only advantage for a winery using the cash method of accounting. Certain rules also allow taxpayers to use simplified methods to account for inventory from a tax perspective. We deliver forward-thinking business solutions, taking time to discern your unique business needs and anticipating how they may be impacted by the changing industry. We understand the operational challenges wineries face and essential success factors, such as compliance and regulatory issues, managing costs, building successful brands, and selling to consumers effectively. A well-structured chart of accounts will keep your financial reporting clear and accurate.

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It’s also essential to understand the needs and reporting requirements of the users identified in Step 1. GAAP basis and may even request a report from an independent CPA to provide various levels of assurance as to the company’s compliance with U.S. To better understand the profitability of the winery’s tasting room operations, wineries should account for tasting room activities as a sub-category within their selling expenses.

  • As with sample losses discussed above, wineries should track and account for wine poured, free of charge, for owners and employees in the tasting room.
  • When calculating labor costs, it can be difficult to pin down the pay of executives and owners to any one specific department, let alone a single vintage.
  • This is a fairly complicated calculation, so the wineries want to limit it to just two types of inventory, which are bulk wine and cased goods.
  • There are other limitations on the availability of the cash method for certain taxpayers with losses and for taxpayers who own or control multiple businesses, so these rules will also need to be considered.
  • In order for a winery to use LIFO for tax purposes, it is also required to use it for financial reporting purposes.
  • GAAP for financial reporting requirements of certain financial statement users.