An analysis of historical trends can provide useful information about an entity's past accuracy and possible biases in estimating its allowance for doubtful accounts
By 2002, accounts receivable for commercial solid waste services had reached $138,000, and the allowance for doubtful accounts
balance was $83,000.
2011-46 allows a taxpayer to compute its uncollectible amount under the NAE book safe-harbor method by multiplying the portion of the year-end allowance for doubtful accounts
on the taxpayer's applicable financial statement that is attributable to current-year NAE-eligible accounts receivable by 95%.
The 2001 proposal would have required companies to extend the four-column analysis previously required for the allowance for doubtful accounts
to many other similar accounts, including expected liabilities for--
The first quarter 2009 and fourth quarter 2009 net income included expenses of USD83m before tax (USD0.18 per diluted share) and USD74m before tax (USD0.16 per diluted share), respectively, associated with reorganisation, severance & acquisition costs and increases to the company's allowance for doubtful accounts
Among the myriad of changes: contingent assets and liabilities associated with an acquisition will be recognized at the date of the acquisition at fair value, with any subsequent changes reflected in earnings (not as an adjustment to goodwill); intellectual property R & D would be capitalized at the date of acquisition; acquired accounts receivable would be recognized at fair value (that is, no separate allowance for doubtful accounts
); and all acquisition-related costs paid to third parties would be expensed as incurred.
To facilitate analysis, we grouped the five scenarios into two subgroups of unethical actions--those involving direct payoffs to the individual (evading taxes, self-dealing, and insider trading) and those directly benefiting the company (inappropriate capitalization and converting allowance for doubtful accounts
The allowance for doubtful accounts
and the related bad debt expense are understated by $220,000.
All told, the company's allowance for doubtful accounts
increased 0.3 points over the 52 weeks to 6.7% of year-end receivables.
For example, auditors and their clients may disagree on the proper valuation of inventory or accounts receivable, because both parties may make different judgments regarding inventory obsolescence or the allowance for doubtful accounts
. In such situations, auditors and their clients generally seek ways to resolve their disagreements.
If management establishes a realistic allowance for doubtful accounts
, the net amount of accounts receivable should be a good approximation of the future debt paying capacity of these assets.
However, routine estimates, such as the allowance for doubtful accounts
, probably will not require disclosure because such estimates are not usually subject to fluctuations that could materially affect the financial statements.