Classification Of Land And Building Costs Spitfire Company Was Incorporated

Classification of Land and Building Costs Spitfire Company was incorporated on January 2, 2011, but was unable to begin manufacturing activities until July 1, 2011, because new factory facilities were not completed until that date. The Land and Building account reported the following items during 2011.

January 31                   Land and building                               $160,000

February 28                 Cost of removal of building                     9,800

May 1                          Partial payment of new construction    60,000

May1                           Legal fees paid                                             3,770

June 1                          Second payment on new construction 40,000

June1                           Insurance premium                                    2,280

June 1                          Special tax assessment                              4,000

June 30                        General expenses                                     36,300

July 1                           Final payment on new construction       30,000

December 31               Asset write-up                                          53,800


December 31               Depreciation—2011 at 1%                       4,000

December 31, 2011     Account balance                                 $395,950

The following additional information is to be considered.

1. To acquire land and building the company paid $80,000 cash and 800 shares of its 8% cumulative preferred stock, par value $100 per share. Fair market value of the stock is $117 per share.

2. Cost of removal of old buildings amounted to $9800 and the demolition company retained all materials of the building.

3. Legal fees covered the following.

Cost of organization                                                                        $ 610

Examination of title covering purchase of land                          1,300

Legal work in connection with construction contract                1,860


4. Insurance premium covered the building for a 2-year term beginning May 1, 2011.

5. The special tax assessment covered street improvements that are permanent in nature.

6. General expenses covered the following for the period from January 2, 2011, to June 30, 2011.

President’s salary                                                                             $32,100

Plant superintendent’s salary—supervision of new building       4,200


7. Because of a general increase in construction costs after entering into the building contract, the board of directors increased the value of the building $53,800, believing that such an increase was justified to reflect the current market at the time the building was completed. Retained earnings were credited for this amount.

8. Estimated life of building—50 years. Depreciation for 2011—1% of asset value (1% of $400,000, or $4,000).

(a) Prepare entries to reflect correct land, building, and depreciation accounts at December 31, 2011.

(b) Show the proper presentation of land, building, and depreciation on the balance sheet at December 31, 2011.

(AICPA adapted)

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