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Chapter 20: Accounting for Pensions and Post Retirement Benefits

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Intermediate Accounting (Kieso)
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103 Questions for Chapter 20: Accounting for Pensions and Post Retirement Benefits

  1. Manno Corporation has the following information available concerning its postretirement benefit plan for 2017. Service cost $40,000 Interest cost 47,400 Actual and expected return on plan assets 26,900 Compute Manno’s 2017 postretirement expense.

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  2. For 2017, Sampsell Inc. computed its annual postretirement expense as $240,900. Sampsell’s contribution to the plan during 2017 was $180,000. Prepare Sampsell’s 2017 entry to record postretirement expense, assuming Sampsell has no OCI amounts.

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  3. Many business organizations have been concerned with providing for the retirement of employees since the late 1800s. Increase in this concern resulted in the establishment of private pension plans in most large companies and in many medium- and small-sized ones. The substantial growth of these plans, both in numbers of employees covered and in amounts of retirement benefits, has increased the significance of pension costs in relation to the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of many companies. In examining the costs of pension plans, a CPA encounters certain terms. The components of pension costs that the terms represent must be dealt with appropriately if generally accepted accounting principles are to be reflected in the financial statements of entities with pension plans.

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  4. The following information is available for the pension plan of Radcliffe Company for the year 2017. Actual and expected return on plan assets $ 15,000 Benefits paid to retirees 40,000 Contributions (funding) 90,000 Interest/discount rate 10% Prior service cost amortization 8,000 Projected benefit obligation, January 1, 2017 500,000 Service cost 60,000 Instructions (a) Compute pension expense for the year 2017. (b) Prepare the journal entry to record pension expense and the employer’s contribution to the pension plan in 2017.

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  5. Webb Corp. sponsors a defined benefit pension plan for its employees. On January 1, 2017, the following balances relate to this plan. Plan assets $480,000 Projected benefit obligation 600,000 Pension asset/liability 120,000 Accumulated OCI (PSC) 100,000 Dr. As a result of the operation of the plan during 2017, the following additional data are provided by the actuary. Service cost $90,000 Settlement rate, 9% Actual return on plan assets 55,000 Amortization of prior service cost 19,000 Expected return on plan assets 52,000 Unexpected loss from change in projected benefit obligation, due to change in actuarial predictions 76,000 Contributions 99,000 Benefits paid retirees 85,000 Instructions (a) Using the data above, compute pension expense for Webb Corp. for the year 2017 by preparing a pension worksheet. (b) Prepare the journal entry for pension expense for 2017.

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  6. Henning Company sponsors a defined benefit pension plan for its employees. The following data relate to the operation of the plan for the year 2017 in which no benefits were paid. 1. The actuarial present value of future benefits earned by employees for services rendered in 2017 amounted to $56,000. 2. The company’s funding policy requires a contribution to the pension trustee amounting to $145,000 for 2017. 3. As of January 1, 2017, the company had a projected benefit obligation of $900,000, an accumulated benefit obligation of $800,000, and a debit balance of $400,000 in accumulated OCI (PSC). The fair value of pension plan assets amounted to $600,000 at the beginning of the year. The actual and expected return on plan assets was $54,000. The settlement rate was 9%. No gains or losses occurred in 2017 and no benefits were paid. 4. Amortization of prior service cost was $50,000 in 2017. Amortization of net gain or loss was not required in 2017. Instructions (a) Determine the amounts of the components of pension expense that should be recognized by the company in 2017. (b) Prepare the journal entry or entries to record pension expense and the employer’s contribution to the pension trustee in 2017. (c) Indicate the amounts that would be reported on the income statement and the balance sheet for the year 2017.

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  7. Ferreri Company received the following selected information from its pension plan trustee concerning the operation of the company’s defined benefit pension plan for the year ended December 31, 2017. January 1, December 31, 2017 2017 Projected benefit obligation $1,500,000 $1,527,000 Market-related and fair value of plan assets 800,000 1,130,000 Accumulated benefit obligation 1,600,000 1,720,000 Accumulated OCI (G/L)—Net gain –0– (200,000) The service cost component of pension expense for employee services rendered in the current year amounted to $77,000 and the amortization of prior service cost was $120,000. The company’s actual funding (contributions) of the plan in 2017 amounted to $250,000. The expected return on plan assets and the actual rate were both 10%; the interest/discount (settlement) rate was 10%. Accumulated other comprehensive income (PSC) had a balance of $1,200,000 on January 1, 2017. Assume no benefits paid in 2017. Instructions (a) Determine the amounts of the components of pension expense that should be recognized by the company in 2017. (b) Prepare the journal entry to record pension expense and the employer’s contribution to the pension plan in 2017. (c) Indicate the pension-related amounts that would be reported on the income statement and the balance sheet for Ferreri Company for the year 2017.

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  8. Erickson Company sponsors a defined benefit pension plan. The corporation’s actuary provides the following information about the plan. January 1, December 31, 2017 2017 Vested benefit obligation $1,500 $1,900 Accumulated benefit obligation 1,900 2,730 Projected benefit obligation 2,500 3,300 Plan assets (fair value) 1,700 2,620 Settlement rate and expected rate of return 10% Pension asset/liability 800 ? Service cost for the year 2017 400 Contributions (funding in 2017) 700 Benefits paid in 2017 200 Instructions (a) Compute the actual return on the plan assets in 2017. (b) Compute the amount of the other comprehensive income (G/L) as of December 31, 2017. (Assume the January 1, 2017, balance was zero.) (c) Compute the amount of net gain or loss amortization for 2017 (corridor approach). (d) Compute pension expense for 2017.

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  9. Using the information in E20-13 about Erickson Company’s defined benefit pension plan, prepare a 2017 pension worksheet with supplementary schedules of computations. Prepare the journal entries at December 31, 2017, to record pension expense and related pension transactions. Also, indicate the pension amounts reported in the balance sheet.

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  10. Latoya Company provides the following selected information related to its defined benefit pension plan for 2017. Pension asset/liability (January 1) $ 25,000 Cr. Accumulated benefit obligation (December 31) 400,000 Actual and expected return on plan assets 10,000 Contributions (funding) in 2017 150,000 Fair value of plan assets (December 31) 800,000 Settlement rate 10% Projected benefit obligation (January 1) 700,000 Service cost 80,000 Instructions (a) Compute pension expense and prepare the journal entry to record pension expense and the employer’s contribution to the pension plan in 2017. Preparation of a pension worksheet is not required. Benefits paid in 2017 were $35,000. (b) Indicate the pension-related amounts that would be reported in the company’s income statement and balance sheet for 2017.

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