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  1. avatar says

    Kindly help with this question

    In October 2013, insurance of $2,400 was paid for the year to 30/11/2014. In October 2014,
    insurance of $3,000 was paid for the year to 30/11/2015.
    What expense for insurance should be shown in the income statement for the year ended
    31/12/2014, and what accrual or prepayment would be shown in the statements of
    financial position of 31/12/2013 and 31/12/2014?

    A- Expense $2,500; accrual 31/12/2013 = $2,000; accrual 31/12/2014 = $2,500
    B- Expense $2,450; prepayment 31/12/2013 = $2,400; prepayment 31/12/2014 = $2,750
    C- Expense $2,500; prepayment 31/12/2013 = $2,000; prepayment 31/12/2014 = $2,500
    D- Expense $2,450; accrual 31/12/2013 = $2,400; accrual 31/12/2014 = $2,750

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      We need the expense for Jan to Dec 2014.
      From Jan to Nov (11 months) it was at the rate of $2400 per year
      For Dec, it was at the rate of $3000.
      So….take 11 months at 2400/12 per month, and 1 month at 3000/12 per month.

      At the end of December in both years you have prepaid (because already paid up to end November the following year). So both years have a prepayment.

      You do not need to calculate the amount (although it is 11 months) because there is only one answer that is then possible.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      (Please ask this sort of question in the F3 Ask ACCA Tutor Forum – it is not possible for me to always read all the comments and so I might miss questions posted here.)

      Our year is 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008.

      Up to 31 March 2008, insurance was at the rate of 25920 a year.
      From 1 April 2008, it was 28,800 per year.

      So, from 1 July 2007 up to 31 March 2008, we have 9 months and the cost is therefore 9/12 x 25920 = 19440
      From 1 April 2008 to 30 June 2008, we have 3 months and the cost is therefore 3/12 x 28800 = 7200.
      This gives a total cost for our year of 19440 + 7200 = 26640.

      It should be clear from the dates that we are paying in advance and will therefore have a prepayment at 30 June, so the answer has to be A. (There is actually no need to calculate here because there is no other possibility. However we have prepaid 9 months at the rate of 28800 per year).

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      The website is working fine – the problem must be at your end.
      I assume that you have looked at the technical support page?
      (and I assume that you are not trying to download the lecture – lectures are deliberately not downloadable)

      • avatar says

        Hi John,

        I am also experiencing the same issue. The problem is that the videos were working just fine until yesterday. But I am getting this message now. I have not changed any settings in browser or elsewhere. This is the reason I am a little confused why the videos are not working now.

        Will really appreciate your help on this. Thanks.

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        You mean that you are getting ‘error loading skin’ etc messages? (Because the comment in March was due to the person trying to download the file!)

        The lectures are all working fine – the problem must be due to the internet connection at your end, or to your browser having automatically updated (and changed settings at the same time)

  2. avatar says

    when they say its $1200 for 12 months does it actually mean 600 for 6 moths and remaining 6 months 600 (1200/2) or we have to assume it in this manner because in real life for example it can be 700 for 6 months and 500 for the remaining 6 months unless the examiner mentions it like this you cannot find the correct amount for the correct period

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Unless you are told differently, you have no choice except to assume that the cost occurs evenly over the period of the particular invoice (so in your example, 100 per month).
      In the exam there is nothing else we can do and so we always assume that to be the case (unless again you are specifically told differently).

  3. avatar says

    hello guys this is my first time on opentuition heard about it from a friend and i hope i will be able to get some answers to my problems thxs, first of all i really have problems with ACCRUALS AND PREPAYMENT,i just hate it with passion that makes me hard headed

  4. avatar says

    I could get this question right on the test, could someone please explain what a Debit/Credit balance on Suspense account would mean and what could be the possible reasons for such to occur thru an example?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        A balance on the suspense account means that somewhere the double entry is not correct and therefore the trial balance will not balance.

        For example, if we make cash sales of $1,000, then the correct entry should have been to debit cash 1000 and credit sales 1000.
        But suppose by mistake, the entry had been to debit cash 1000 and credit sales with 100.
        Obviously this is wrong, and the trial balance would not balance. The total of the debit balances would be 900 more than the total of the credit balances.

        To make the trial balance balance we need an extra credit of 900. So we would put a credit balance on the suspense account of 900. Then we know that we need to find an error of 900.

        When we find the mistake, then to put it right we credit sales with 900 (which means that the total on sales is now correct). The double entry is to debit suspense with 900. So the balance on suspense is now zero – that means that the double entry now works and there are no more double entry errors to find.

      • avatar says

        Ok understood. Therefore, if there is a debit balance on the Suspense A/C for example, then wud it mean that the credit side of the trial balance is higher and vice-versa and that we need to find the error which is leading to a heavier credit?

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      The LCCI does not publish the syllabuses and so it is not really possible to say which parts of ACCA you should study.
      ACCA Paper F3 is equivalent to LCCI 3 + LCCI 4.
      Best really is to work through all of F3 – some parts you should find just revision and therefore easy. Other parts will be new to you, but will be useful.

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