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    Depreciation and accounting change for Wardell, Clinton Poultry

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    E 11-18. Wardell Company purchased a minicomputer on January 1, 2009, at a cost of 440,000. The computer was depreciated using the straight-line method over an estimated five-year life with an estimated residual value of $4,000. On January 1, 2011, the estimate of useful life was changed to a total of 10 years, and the estimate of residual value was changed to $900.


    1. Prepare the appropriate adjusting entry for depreciation in 2011 to reflect the revised estimate

    a. For financial reporting, Clinton Poultry Farm has used the declining balance method of depreciation for conveyor equipment acquired at the beginning 2008 for $2,560,000. Its useful life was estimaterd to be six years, with a $160,000 residual balance. At the beginning of 2011, Clinton decides to change to the straight line method. The effect of this change on depreciation for each year is as follows:
    ($ in 000s)
    Year Straight line Declining Balance Difference
    2008 $ 400 $ 853 $453
    2009 $ 400 $ 569 $ 169
    2010 $ 400 $379 $ (21)
    $1,200 $1,801 $601
    1. Briefly describe the way Clinton should report this accounting change in 2010-2011 comparative financial statements.
    2. Prepare 2011 journal entry related to change

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    Solution Summary

    Calculations for depreciation and accounting change for Wardell and Clinton Poultry are examined.