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5 Matching questions

  1. allowance method
  2. compensating balance
  3. current assets
  4. exchange rate loss
  5. gross method
  1. a Compensating balances are minimum cash balances that must be maintained in savings or checking accounts until certain loan obligations are satisfied. Compensating balances help financial institutions reduce the risks of default on outstanding loans by ensuring that at least some cash is available for scheduled loan payments.
  2. b Current assets are assets on the balance sheet expected to be converted to cash or expired in one year or the operating cycle, whichever is longer.
  3. c A decrease in value due to changes in the exchange rate.
  4. d The allowance method, under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is the preferred method to account for uncollectibles and sales returns, both of which have a direct effect on the reported value of accounts receivable. The allowance method involves estimating the dollar amount of the uncollectibles or sales returns at the end of each accounting period and, based on that estimate, records an entry that reduces both net income and the balance in accounts receivable with a contra account called 'allowance for uncollectibles'.
  5. e Initially recognize the full sales price (gross) and later discount the gross.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The procedures designed to ensure that the cash account on the balance sheet reflects the actual amount of cash in the company's possession.
  2. Window dressing is a phrase used to describe the activity of managers who use accounting methods, judgments, and estimates or make operating decisions purely to make the financial statements appear more attractive to financial statement users.
  3. Current assets/Current liabilities. The current ratio is often used to assess a company's current asset management and its solvency position. It is normally an important part of financial statement analysis.
  4. An open account is an informal credit trade agreement used in cases where frequent credit transactions are conducted and a running balance of the obligation or receivable is maintained. If payments are made regularly within reasonable time periods, interest charges are not usually assessed. Open account is normally used to describe the trade terms underlying accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  5. Accounts receivable is a balance sheet account indicating the dollar amount due from customers from sales made on open account. It arises when revenues are recognized before receipt of the associated cash payment. Accounts receivable is normally included as a current asset and for some companies can be quite large.

5 True/False questions

  1. aging scheduleAging is a method of estimating and analyzing collectible accounts receivable that categorizes individual accounts on the basis of the amount of time each has been outstanding. Each category is then multiplied by a different uncollectible percentage under the assumption that older accounts are more likely than new accounts to be uncollectable. This method is used primarily by management to identify and maintain control over uncollectible accounts receivables.

          

  2. physical controlThe procedures designed to ensure that the cash account on the balance sheet reflects the actual amount of cash in the company's possession.

          

  3. petty cashEscrow is the state of an item (e.g., cash) that has been put into the custody of a third party until certain conditions are fulfilled. Damage deposits on rental agreements, for example, are often held in escrow until the end of the rental period.

          

  4. exchange rateA decrease in value due to changes in the exchange rate.

          

  5. percentage-of-credit-sales approachA decrease in value due to changes in the exchange rate.