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8. LAST DUE DATE: Friday 11 May 2012. If you need an extension you must
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9. The essay/assignment is worth 25% (ie 25 marks).
Chesterfield Pty Ltd is a resident private company established in 2005 to manufacture
quality leather lounge suites. The company’s products are well regarded and sales are
around 60 to 70 suites per year.
Production is carried out at a workshop built by the company in 2005 at a cost of
$375,000. Extensions costing $180,000 were completed in February 2012 [Note 9].
For cash flow reasons in the early years of production all plant and equipment is
leased. [Disregard GST and Small Business Entity related matters.]
Relevant financial information for the year ended 30 June 2012 is as follows:
Sales – 64 units @ $5,500 352,000 1
Sale of leased lathe 3,400 2
Raw materials used 48,000
Direct labour 60,000
Light & power – manufacturing 9,000
Security 5,500 3
Doubtful debts 16,500 4
Administration wages 53,000
Legal fees 1,500 5
Equipment lease 36,000
Residual on leased lathe 1,200 2
Feasibility study 26,000 6
General administration 25,000 7
Directors fees 30,000 8
At 30/6/11, three finished and two half-finished lounge suites were ‘on hand’.
These had been valued at cost: $6,800.
During 2011/12 65 similar lounge suites were manufactured. This left a stock
of four finished and two half-finished units on hand at 30 June 2012. The
directors advise that closing stock at 30/6/12 be valued at cost.
The directors request advice on the valuation of closing stock.
2. Sale of leased lathe
On September 8, 2011 the lease on a lathe expired and the finance company
agreed to sell the item for its residual value of $1,200. Chesterfield continued
to use the lathe until a new lease was arranged and then sold the old lathe (2
March 2012) for $3,400.
The services of a security firm are used to patrol the workshop after hours to
protect the property against damage or theft of valuable materials.
4. Doubtful debts
The company’s accounts show a provision for doubtful debts of $16,500.
Credit collections had been a particular problem throughout the year but it is
hoped to recover $8,000. An amount of $8,500 is owed by a retailer who
cannot be contacted and is rumoured to have left the country.
5. Legal fees
During the year it came to the directors’ attention that a rival firm was
marketing a lounge suite that appeared identical to Chesterfield’s best selling
line. An action to recover damages was commenced. The matter is yet to be
finalised but the company’s legal advisors are confident. At June 30 only
$1,500 had been paid in legal fees but estimated additional costs of $24,000
had accrued although no account had been received.
6. Feasibility study
The directors commissioned consultants to assess the feasibility of
Chesterfield Pty Ltd opening a retail outlet and supplying lounge suites to the
public. The consultants forecast losses in the first years of operation but
concluded the venture was commercially viable in the medium term.
7. General administration
General expenses include the following:
– Farewell dinner for a retiring employee 1,850
– Audit fees 5,000
– Taxation advice 2,500
– Directors club membership fees 6,000
– Discharge of mortgage on repaid loan 1,000
– Sundries (deductible) 8,650
8. Directors’ fees
The three directors are paid $10,000 each. One of the directors has been ill for
the whole year and his duties were performed by the other directors.
9. Extension to workshop
Timber used in the production of lounge suites is first cut and formed into
required shapes. It is then treated to prevent infestation, polished, painted and
finished in desired stains. The process involves the use of some toxic and
corrosive chemicals and in the past was carried out in conditions far from ideal.
To overcome the problems a special treatment and finishing room was built
onto the existing factory workshop. The following costs were incurred:
– Frame and exterior cladding 81,000 [3/10/11]
– Corrosive resistant lining 30,000[15/12/11]
– Foundations 15,000 [1/8/11]
– Fume exhaust system 30,000 [4/2/12]
– Hanging racks for drying 9,000 [10/2/12]
– Painting and treatment equipment 15,000 [10/2/12]
The construction was completed and ready for use on 29/2/12.
1. Advise the directors on the assessability and deductibility for income tax
purposes of each of the separate items of income and expenses [as well as
matters raised in Notes]. Reference should be made to relevant case law, ATO
Rulings and sections of the Income Tax Acts.
2. Calculate the company’s taxable income.
University of Ballarat – The Business School
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