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Accounting for Business Decisions

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Use your kills to Analyze, compare, criticize, evaluate and justify the answers in a process to solve the assignment.

ANZ Limited

Balance Sheet as at 30th June

Current Assets

Account Receivables

Allowance for doubtful debts





Non-Current Assets




Accumulated depreciation



Capitalized borrowing cost




Total Assets



Current Liabilities

Account payable

Tax payable

Non- Current Liabilities

Total Liabilities



Net Assets


Shareholder’s Equity

Share Capital


Retained Profit


Sales (all on credit)


Net profit after tax

Tax expenses


  1. a. What is the interest expense for 2012?

The interest expense for 2012 = EBIT – Tax expense – Net profit after tax = 290,000 – 41,000 – 200,000 = $49,000.

b. How much equipment was purchased during the year?

Equipment purchased during the year = Equipment as at 2012 – Equipment as at 2011 = 1,800,000 — 1,100,000 = $700,000.

c. What was the depreciation expense for 2012?

Depreciation expense for 2012 = Accumulated depreciation 2012 — Accumulated depreciation 2011 = 550,000 – 100,000 = 450,000.

d. Were any share issues? If any, calculate the value.

Yes there was a share issue in 2012 seeing as share capital increased from $250,000 in 2011 to $1,150,000 in 2012. Therefore, the value of the share issue is = 1,150,000 — 250,000 = $900,000.

e. How much in dividend was paid during the year 2012?

No dividend was paid during the year 2012.

f. How much cash was received from customers during the year?

Cash received during the year was $350,000.

g. How much was paid in tax?

In 2012, $32,000 was paid in tax.

  1. Referring to the information in the question, provide four examples of accounting policy choices that ANZ may have made in determining profit that may have increased this year’s profit.

Below are examples of accounting policies that ANZ could have adopted so as to reflect a higher profit:0).r, 201enti & BrehonytnAAccounting policies are the principles, rules as well as practices applied by the company to guide the manner in which transactions are accounted for in the financial statements (

  1. Capitalising finance costs in the creating a fixed asset instead of charging the finance costs (interest) to the income statement.

  2. Changing the basis of valuing stock, for example if it is using weighted average, it can change to first-in first-out (FIFO).

  3. Changing basis of financial reporting from historical to fair value reporting.

  4. Adjusting the time when assets, liabilities, expenses and income are recognised, for instance, it can use a cash basis instead of using the accrual basis.


(Scenario based)

The general manager of Qantas had two concerns: the company’s worsening cash position ($3000 cash and No bank loan at the end of 2011, No cash and a $7,000 bank loan at the end of 2012) and an inadequate level of net profit (According to General Manager).

  1. The general manager was confused because the company had a $9,000 profit, yet seemed, as noted above, $10,000 worse off in its cash position. Explain briefly how, in general, this difference between profit and cash change can happen.

The difference in profit and cash flow can happen given that the two are arrived at differently. Profit is the amount a company is left with after taking away all the expenses from the revenues generated. Cash flow on the other hand, refers to the actual receipt (inflow) and payment (outflow) of cash (Bazley & Hancock, 2010).

The difference arises from two key accounting concepts: (1) accrual-based accounting, and (2) matching principle. This requires that revenues and expenses be recognised when earned and incurred, respectively. Therefore the company may earn revenue through credit sales now, but customers may take a long time to pay the actual amount. Therefore, in preparing the financial statements, there will be a difference between the profit and the cash flow (Jackling et al., 2010).

  1. The general manager proposed changes in the company’s accounting policies in a few areas in an attempt to show a higher profit. He met the company’s auditors to discuss these ideas. What do you think the auditors should have said?

I think the auditors could not have commented on this issue.

It is the duty of the management to choose the accounting policies used by a company in preparing its financial statements. Auditors are not involved in the preparation of financial statements nor are they involved in making decisions on the manner in which they ought to be prepared. The main responsibility of the auditors is to monitor and watch over the financial reporting process. They assess the process to see whether it presents a true and fair view (Deegan, 2009).

  1. For each of the proposed changes below, considered separately and independently, calculate the effect on 2012 net profit and total assets as at 31st December 2012. Assume a company tax rate (Australia) as income tax rate.

  1. The general manager suggested recognizing revenue at an earlier point. If this were done, net account receivables would be increased by $12,000 at 31st December 2011 and by $23,000 at 31st December 2012.

This would increase the total assets by the respective amounts. The total assets at 31st December 2011 would increase by $12,000 and by $23,000 at 31st December 2012.

  1. The general manager suggested changing the inventory cost policy to FIFO (which would still produce costs less than net receivable value). Doing this would increase 31st December 2011 inventories by $4,000 and 31st December 2012 inventories by $1,000.

This would increase the total assets by the respective amounts. The total assets at 31st December 2011 would increase by $4,000 and by $1,000 at 31st December 2012.

  1. The general manager suggested that the company not account for deferred income taxes, but rather treat income taxes payable in each year as the income tax expenses. The deferred income tax liability was $2,800 at 31st December 2011 and, without these changes, $2,600 at 31st December 2012.

The tax payable = cumulative deferred tax liability x the current rate. For 2011 the tax payable would be = 2,800 x 0.3 = 840, and in 2012, the tax payable would be = 2,600 x 0.3 = 780. This would reduce the net profits by the respective amounts. The net profits for the year ended 31st December 2011 would increase by $840 and by $780 for the year ended 31st December 2012.

  1. The general manager suggested capitalizing more of the company’s product development costs and amortizing additional capitalized amounts over five years, using the straight line method. If this were done, $4,000 of 2011 expenses would be capitalized at 31st December 2011 and $6,000 of 2012 expenses would be capitalized at 31st December 2012.

This would increase the net profit because the expenses will go down by the capitalised amount less the amortisation. For the year ended 2011, the net profit would go up by 4000 – 4000/5 = 4000 – 800 = $3,200. For the year ended 2011, the net profit would go up by 6000 – 6000/5 = 6000 – 1200 = $4800.


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