contingent liabilities

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IV. Contingent liabilities A. Contingent liability: a potential obligation for which payment depends on whether an uncertain future occurs B. Accounting for contingent liabilities 1. Depends of the likelihood that a future event will occur and the ability to estimate the future amount owed if the event occurs 2. Probable event + reasonable estimated amount owed a) Examples: warranties, vacation pay, income taxes b) Recorded as liabilities 3. Reasonably probable event is explained in notes on the financial statements 4. Remotely probable event is not recorded C. Reasonable possible contingent liabilities
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Must adhere to the full disclosure principle which required information relevant to decision making be reported and not ignored 2. Potential legal claims a) Recorded in the accounts only if payment for damages is probable and amount of payments can be reasonably estimated 3. Debt guarantees a) Guarantees the payment of a debt owed b) Guarantor discloses the guarantee in financial statements as a contingent liability 4. Uncertainties a) Example: natural disasters b) Not contingent liabilities because they not future events that do not arise from past transactions...
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ACCT 1310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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