1- In computing the service cost component of pension expense, the FASB concluded that.
a- The accumulated benefit obligation provides a more realistic measure of the pension obligation on a going concern basis.
b- A company should employ an actuarial funding method to report pension expense that best reflects the cost of benefits to employees.
c- The projected benefit obligation using future compensation levels provides a realistic measure of present pension obligation and expense
d- All of these.
2- Pension plan calculation:
The following information is for the pension plan for the employees of Faulk Inc.
Accumulated benefit obligation $2,800,000 $3,760,000
Project benefit Obligation 3,040,000 4,000,000
Fair Value of plan assets 3,080,000 3,520,000
Market related value of assets 2,960,000 3,440,000
Unrecognized net loss 425,000
Settlement rate 8% 8%
Expected rate of return 7% 6%
Faulk estimates that the average remaining service life is 15 years. Faulk contribution was $520,000 in 2008 an benefits paid were 280,000
a) Calculate the interest cost for 2008
b) Calculate the actual return on plan assets in 2008
c) Calculate the unexpected gain or loss in 2008
d) Calculate the corridor for 2008 and the amortization of the unrecognized net loss for 2008
Computations and guidance provided.