computation of prior service cost amortization pension 263694

(Computation of Prior Service Cost Amortization, Pension Expense, Journal Entries, and Net Gain or Loss) Aykroyd Inc. has sponsored a noncontributory-defined benefit pension plan for its employees since 1987. Prior to 2010, cumulative net pension expense recognized equaled cumulative contributions to the plan. Other relevant information about the pension plan on January 1, 2010, is as follows.

1. The company has 200 employees. All these employees are expected to receive benefits under the plan. The average remaining service life per employee is 12 years.

2. The projected benefit obligation amounted to $5,000,000 and the fair value of pension plan assets was $3,000,000. The market-related asset value was also $3,000,000. Unrecognized prior service cost was $2,000,000. On December 31, 2010, the projected benefit obligation and the accumulated benefit obligation were $4,850,000 and $4,025,000, respectively. The fair value of the pension plan assets amounted to $4,100,000 at the end of the year. A 10% settlement rate and a 10% expected asset return rate were used in the actuarial present value computations in the pension plan. The present value of benefits attributed by the pension benefit formula to employee service in 2010 amounted to $200,000. The employer’s contribution to the plan assets amounted to $775,000 in 2010. This problem assumes no payment of pension benefits.

(Round all amounts to the nearest dollar.)

(a) Prepare a schedule, based on the average remaining life per employee, showing the prior service cost that would be amortized as a component of pension expense for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

(b) Compute pension expense for the year 2010.

(c) Prepare the journal entries required to report the accounting for the company’s pension plan for 2010.

(d) Compute the amount of the 2010 increase/decrease in net gains or losses and the amount to be amortized in 2010 and 2011.

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