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Joe's Lawn Service has asked you to create various financial spreadsheets and a written memo to help him understand his finances for his business.

Create an Excel spreadsheet with formulae to demonstrate the following examples. Be sure to clearly label each example by using a different spreadsheet tab:

· Example 1 (Trade Discount, refer to Chapter 8): Using Excel formulae, calculate the discount of a mower that lists for $1,217 with the trade discount series of 15/4/1. Display formulae for each discount series as well as the final price of the item after all discounts have been applied.

· Example 2 (Depreciation, refer to Chapter 16): Create a depreciation schedule, using the sum-of-the-years'-digits method, for a mower that costs $1,217 with a salvage value of $150 with an expected life of 7 years

· Example 3 (Financial Statement, refer to Chapter 20): Prepare the following horizontal analysis of a balance sheet into Excel. Complete the information on total assets, total liabilities and owner's equity, increase and percent increase by using formulae in Excel. Be sure to format the percent increase (decrease) column to a decimal with one decimal place.

After creating the spreadsheet with the three examples above, write a memo that addresses the following points for Joe's questions and his files:

Explain what a trade discount is and why would Joe offer these.
Explain what is depreciation and why it is more applicable for Joe to use sum-of-the-years'-digits method versus the straight-line method.
Explain to Joe why he would want to prepare a horizontal analysis, such as what does the percent increase (decrease) column tell him about his assets and liabilities from years 2008 to 2009, and give suggestions on what he should do based on this analysis.

Joe's Lawn Service

Balance Sheet

Amount Increase (decrease)
Percent increase (decrease)



Accounts receivable



Total assets


Accounts payable

Wages payable

Total liabilities

Owner's equity

Total liabilities and owner's equity

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Solution Summary

The problem set deals with issues in accounting:balance sheet analysis,trade discount estimation, etc.