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CHAPTER 20 Accounting for Pensions and Postretirement Benefits ASSIGNMENT CLASSIFICATION TABLE (BY TOPIC) Topics Questions Brief Exercises Exercises Problems Concepts for Analysis 1. Basic definitions and concepts related to pension plans. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 24 16 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 2. Worksheet preparation. 3 3, 4, 7, 10, 15 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 3. Income statement recognition, computation of pension expense. 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18 1, 4 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 4, 5 4. Balance sheet recognition, computation of pension expense. 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 2 3, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 2, 5, 7 5. Minimum liability computation. 20, 22 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 2, 4, 5 6. Corridor calculation. 19 7 8, 14, 20, 21 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 3, 4, 5, 6 7. Reconciliation schedule. 25 6 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 19 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 8. Prior service cost. 13, 14, 21, 23 5, 8, 9, 10 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 4 9. Unrecognized net gain or loss. 15 7 8, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 4, 5, 6 10. Disclosure issues. 25 9, 12, 13 3, 4 * 11. Special Issues. 26 *12. Postretirement benefits. 27, 28, 29, 30 11, 12 22, 23, 24, 25 10 *This material is dealt with in an Appendix to the chapter. 20-1

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ASSIGNMENT CLASSIFICATION TABLE (BY LEARNING OBJECTIVE) Learning Objectives Brief Exercises Exercises Problems 1. Distinguish between accounting for the employer’s pension plan and accounting for the pension fund. 2. Identify types of pension plans and their characteristics. 3. Explain alternative measures for valuing the pension obligation. 4. List the components of pension expense. 1, 2, 4 1, 2, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 5. Use a worksheet for employer’s pension plan entries. 3 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 15 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9 6. Describe the amortization of unrecognized prior service costs. 5 1, 2, 5, 7, 13, 14, 17, 19 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 7. Explain the accounting procedure for recognizing unexpected gains and losses. 13, 14, 19 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 8. Explain the corridor approach to amortizing unrecognized gains and losses. 7 8, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 9. Explain the recognition of a minimum liability. 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 10. Describe the requirements for reporting pension plans in financial statements. 6 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 *11. Identify the differences between pensions and postretirement healthcare benefits. 11, 12 22, 23, 24, 25 10 *12. Contrast accounting for pensions to accounting for other postretirement benefits. 11, 12 22, 23, 24, 25 10 20-2
ASSIGNMENT CHARACTERISTICS TABLE Item Description Level of Difficulty Time (minutes) E20-1 Pension expense, journal entries. Simple 5–10 E20-2 Computation of pension expense. Simple 10–15 E20-3 Preparation of pension worksheet with reconciliation. Moderate 15–25 E20-4 Basic pension worksheet. Simple 10–15 E20-5 Application of years-of-service method. Moderate 15–25 E20-6 Computation of actual return. Simple 10–15 E20-7 Basic pension worksheet. Moderate 15–25 E20-8 Application of the corridor approach. Moderate 20–25 E20-9 Disclosures: Pension expense and reconciliation schedule. Moderate 25–35 E20-10 Pension worksheet with reconciliation schedule. Moderate 20–25 E20-11 Minimum liability computation, entry. Moderate 10–15 E20-12 Pension expense, journal entries, statement presentation, minimum liability.

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