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Depreciation and Minimum Liability Computation

E20-11 (Minimum Liability Computation, Entry) The following information is available for McGwire
Corporation's defined benefit pension plan for the years 2007 and 2008.
December 31,
2007 2008
Accrued pension cost balance $ -0- $ 45,000
Accumulated benefit obligation 260,000 370,000
Fair value of plan assets 255,000 300,000
Prepaid pension cost balance 30,000 -0-
Projected benefit obligation 350,000 455,000
Unrecognized prior service cost 125,000 110,000
(a) Compute the amount of additional liability, if any, that McGwire must record at the end of each
(b) Prepare the journal entries, if any, necessary to record a minimum liability for 2007 and 2008.

E22-6 (Accounting Changes—Depreciation) Kathleen Cole Inc. acquired the following assets in January
of 2005.
Equipment, estimated service life, 5 years; salvage value, $15,000 $525,000
Building, estimated service life, 30 years; no salvage value $693,000
The equipment has been depreciated using the sum-of-the-years'-digits method for the first 3 years for financial
reporting purposes. In 2008, the company decided to change the method of computing depreciation
to the straight-line method for the equipment, but no change was made in the estimated service life or salvage
value. It was also decided to change the total estimated service life of the building from 30 years to 40
years, with no change in the estimated salvage value. The building is depreciated on the straight-line method.
(a) Prepare the general journal entry to record depreciation expense for the equipment in 2008.
(b) Prepare the journal entry to record depreciation expense for the building in 2008. (Round all computations
to two decimal places.)


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Minimum liability = ABO-FV =260000-255000=5000
DR: Intangible asset - unrecognized prior service costs 5000
CR: Additional ...

Solution Summary

This solution prepares journal entries for both scenarios involving depreciation and minimum liability computations.