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Unformatted text preview: $650,000 (desired balance) – $5,000 (remaining credit balance) = $645,000 (adjustment needed). 2. The direct write-off method is objective in that an account is written off at the time it proves to be uncollectible. This method, however, compromises the matching principle because expenses incurred in generating revenues may not be accurately matched with related revenues on a period-by-period basis. For example, sales made near the end of an accounting period may not be identified as uncollectible until the next period. Alternatively, when using the allowance method, uncollectible balances are accounted for during the period in which the sales occurred. Although the allowance method is generally accepted in practice, it may result in a somewhat imprecise expense amount; this is seen as a less serious problem than the failure to match revenues and expenses (direct write-off)....
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- Spring '11
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles