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Roshini
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Posted: 27 May 2009 at 15:03 | IP Logged  

Gibbs Co. uses the allowance method for recognizing
uncollectible accounts. Ignoring deferred taxes, the
entry to record the write-off of a specific
uncollectible account:

a.Affects neither net income nor working capital
b.Affects neither net income nor accounts receivable
c.decreases both net income and accounts receivable
d.decreases both net income and working capital

The correct answer is a.
My doubt is why not b. as A/R is part of working
capital.       

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Posted: 27 May 2009 at 16:04 | IP Logged  

The write-off of A/R is basically a wash, because the J/E is as follows:

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts XX
    Accounts Receivable        &n bsp;         &n bsp;  XX

Therefore working capital and net income is not affected. A write-off using the allowance method simply reduces the amount in the allowance, whereas A/R is reported net of ADA on the balance sheet.

Hope that makes sense!


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Posted: 28 May 2009 at 06:14 | IP Logged  

Hi qualler,

I still don't get it, the J/E for write off under
allowance method is

Bad debts expense a/c xxx
      Allowance for uncollectible a/c   xxx

Therefore i think gross A/R is still unaffected whereas
net A/R will change because of effect on uncollectible
a/c .
when net adjusted A/R is effected even the working
capital is affected.

I am confused. Am i not getting the question right.
Please clarify.



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No, the J/E you just posted is just the J/E for recognizing bad debt expense. Writing off your allowance is a different journal entry. The only way your allowance account can get reduced is by writing off your allowance. That is different from the Direct Write-off method, which of course is not GAAP.


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The entry to ESTIMATE bad debts:

Bad debts expense   xxx
      Allowance for uncollectible  xxx


The entry to WRITE OFF bad debts (actual amounts,  not estimates):

Allowance for uncollectible xxx
      Accounts Receivable      xxx

Basically, the allowance is only used as an estimate.  Once you know exactly how much is uncollectible, you eliminate that portion of the allowance account and directly reduce the accounts receivable.  I hope this clears it up for you.



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