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# Reporting Uncollectible Accounts and Accounts Receivable LaFond Company analyzes its accounts receivable at December 31, 2016,...

Reporting Uncollectible Accounts and Accounts Receivable

LaFond Company analyzes its accounts receivable at December 31, 2016, and arrives at the aged categories below along with the percentages that are estimated as uncollectible.

Age Group Accounts Receivable Estimated Loss %
Current (not past due) \$250,000 0.5%
1–30 days past due 90,000 1.0
31–60 days past due 20,000 2.0
61–120 days past due 11,000 5.0
121–180 days past due 6,000 10.0
Over 180 days past due 4,000 25.0
Total accounts receivable \$381,000

At the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016, there was a credit balance of \$4,350 in the Allowance for Uncollectible Accounts. During the fourth quarter, LaFond Company wrote off \$3,830 in receivables as uncollectible.

a. What amount of bad debts expense will LaFond report for 2016?

b. What is the balance of accounts receivable that it reports on its December 31, 2016, balance sheet?

c. Set up T-accounts for both Bad Debts Expense and for the Allowance for Uncollectible Accounts. Enter any unadjusted balances along with the dollar effects of the information described (including your results from parts a and b).

Allow. For Uncoll. Accounts

 Age Group Accounts Receivable Estimated Loss % Estimated Loss amount Current (not past due) 250000 0.5% 1250 1–30 days past due 90000 1.0% 900 31–60 days past due 20000 2.0% 400 61–120 days past due 11000 5.0% 550 121–180 days past due 6000 10.0% 600 Over 180 days past due 4000 25.0% 1000 Total accounts receivable \$381,000 4700 Allowance for Uncollectible Accounts unadjusted balance = 4350-3830= \$520 a Bad debts expense = 4700-520 = \$4180 b Balance of accounts receivable = 381000-4700= \$376300 c Bad Debts Expense (a) 4180 Balance 4180 Allow. For Uncoll. Accounts Beg. Bal. 4350 Write-off 3830 (a) 4180 Balance 4700