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    Pension Accounting Smith Construction Johnson Corporation

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    Question 1:

    Smith Construction has a noncontributory, defined benefit pension plan. At December 31, 2011, Smith received the following information:

    (see data attached)

    The expected long-term rate of return on plan assets was 10%. There were no AOCI balances related to pensions on January 1, 2011. At the end of 2011, Smith amended the pension formula creating a prior service cost of $12 million, one-third of which is related to employees whose pension benefits have vested.
    Determine Smith's pension expense for 2011.

    Question 2

    On November 30, the Board of Directors of Johnson Corporation amended its pension plan giving retroactive benefits to its employees. The information below is provided at November 30.

    Using the straight-line method of amortization, the amount of prior service cost charged to expense during the year ended November 30 is (one of the following)

    a. $9,500
    b. $19,000
    c. $30,250
    d. $190,000

    Question 3:

    Bargain Industries adopted a defined benefit pension plan on April 12, 2011. The provisions of the plan were not made retroactive to prior years. A local bank, engaged as trustee for the plan assets, expects plan assets to earn a 10% rate of return. A consulting firm, engaged as actuary, recommends 6% as the appropriate discount rate. The service cost is $150,000 for 2011 and $200,000 for 2012. Year-end funding is $160,000 for 2011 and $170,000 for 2012. No assumptions or estimates were revised during 2011.

    Calculate each of the following amounts as of both December 31, 2011, and December 31, 2012:

    1. Projected benefit obligation

    2. Plan assets

    3. Pension expense.

    4. Net pension asset or net pension liability

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    Question 1:

    The ingredients in the Pension Expense for 2011 include:

    Service Cost...........................$60
    Interest Cost..........................$36
    Less: Actual Return.............($27)
    Plus: Unexpected gain..........$4
    ................................................--------
    Total pension expense..........$73

    The returns used in pension expense are the expected return, 10% of the ...

    Solution Summary

    Your tutorial includes a discussion of actual vs expected returns, the amortization of prior service costs, the computation of two years' PBO, plan assets, pension expense, and the net asset and net liability for a particular company. The computations are in Excel. Click in the cell to see the calculations.

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