CA 10-3 - C A 10-3 Th ree approaches have been suggested to...

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CA 10-3 Three approaches have been suggested to account for actual interest incurred in financing the construction or acquisition of property, plant, and equipment. One approach is to capitalize no interest during construction. Under this approach interest is considered a cost of financing and not a cost of construction. It is contended that if the company had used stock financing rather than debt financing, this expense would not have developed. The major arguments against this approach are that an implicit interest cost is associated with the use of cash regardless of the source. A second approach is to capitalize the actual interest costs. This approach relies on the historical cost concept that only actual transactions are recorded. It is argued that interest incurred is as much a cost of acquiring the asset as the cost of the materials, labor, and other resources used. As a result, a company that uses debt financing will have an asset of higher cost than an enterprise that uses stock financing. The results achieved by this approach are held to be unsatisfactory by
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