FAR Study Group 2019

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  • #2188687

    timmyj
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    Question # 587 | Blueprint Area: 2 D : Property, Plant and Equipment

    On January 1 ten years ago, Andrew Co. created a subsidiary for the purpose of buying an oil tanker depot at a cost of $1,500,000. Andrew expected to operate the depot for 10 years, at which time it is legally required to dismantle the depot and remove underground storage tanks. It was estimated that it would cost $150,000 to dismantle the depot and remove the tanks at the end of the depot's useful life. However, the actual cost to demolish and dismantle the depot and remove the tanks in the tenth year is $155,000. What amount of expense should Andrew recognize in its financial statements in year 10?
    A. None, recognized in prior years
    B. $5,000 expense
    C. $150,000 expense
    D. $155,000 expense
    You answered D. The correct answer is B.
    Obligations for dismantlement, restoration, and abandonment costs are accounted for as asset retirement obligations. Upon initial recognition of a liability for an asset retirement obligation, an entity capitalizes an asset retirement cost by increasing the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset by the same amount as the liability. An entity subsequently allocates that asset retirement cost to expense using a systematic and rational method over its useful life. Application of a systematic and rational allocation does not preclude an entity from capitalizing an amount of asset retirement cost and allocating an equal amount to expense in the same accounting period. The company increased the carrying amount of the depot the $150,000 cost to dismantle and amortized it over the 10 years. In this case, only the extra $5,000 ($155,000 actual cost – $150,000 estimate) would be expensed in year 10.

    Editor's Note: The AICPA provided item (b) as the unofficial solution. The editors believe the company could have, and perhaps should have, chosen to expense the $150,000 evenly over 10 years in what is termed an accretion expense. If it had done so, the expense in year 10 would have been $20,000 (the $15,000 original allocation plus the additional $5,000 in actual cost). Given thaqt $20,000 was not an answer option, one must assume that the company did not do so. Candidates need to prepare to answer questions with the best solution choice possible.

    -The above is a question from Ninja MCQ's, Why is the depreciation of $150,000 + the $15,000 accretion expense amortized + the $5,000 cost over what was estimated no all included. In the AICPA note and the Editor note (Ninja editor) both ignore depreciation expense (and this is classified as a PPE problem not a AR)/liability problem) so I would think depreciation would at least be considered. How are problems released that have such discrepancies?

    #2188750

    timmyj
    Participant

    Question #1298, Blueprint Area: Statement of Cash Flows
    The following information was taken from the current year finanical statements of Planet Corp.:

    Accounts receivable, January 1 $ 21,600
    Accounts receivable, December 31 30,400
    Sales on account and cash sales 438,000
    Uncollectible accounts 1,000
    No accounts receivable were written off or recovered during the year. If the direct method is used in the current year cash flows, Planet should report cash collected from customers as

    A.
    $447,800
    B.
    $446,800
    C.
    $429,200
    D.
    $428,200
    You answered: C The correct answer is: D
    Explanation:
    Planet corp., should report cash collected at $428,200, which is sales for the year reduced by the total increase in accounts receivables (i.e. $438,000 – $9,800).

    a. Accounts receivable, net, Dec 31, $30,400

    b. Accounts receivable, net, Jan 1, $21,600

    c. Net increase in accounts receivable (a-b), $8,800

    d. Uncollectible accounts, $1,000

    e. Total increase in accounts receivable (c+d), $9,800

    The accounts receivables are given at their net amounts. The uncollectible accounts($1,000) is added back to the change in net accounts receivable to bring it to the gross amount. No accounts receivable was written-off during the year allowance for uncollectible accounts will be added back to the account’s receivables, to arrive at total increase in accounts receivable at $9,800.

    Dr: Cash (plug) $428,200

    Dr: A/R (change) $9,800

    Cr: Sales $438,000

    Option (a) is incorrect because increase in accounts receivable is added instead of deducting $9,800 (i.e.$447,800 = $438,000 + $9,800). Option (b) is incorrect because net increase in accounts receivable $8,800 is added and uncollectible accounts for $1,000 is not considered (i.e. $446,800 = $438,000 +$8,800). Option (c) is incorrect because this does not consider the provision for uncollectible (i.e. $429,200 = $438,000 – $8,800).

    -Here is another Ninja MCQ, how would we know the A/R is reported net in what it is given to us? I have see this questioned listed in other places as well as posted on ninja back in 2016 where the answer was in fact C and not D, with no mention of net A/R or uncollectible accounts. Any help on this or the above would be appreciated.

    -On another note, I have both Wiley and Ninja MCQ's and I find many more questions on Ninja with questionable answer than I do on Wiley, I also find many outdated questions asking about extraordinary gains, older net asset classifications for NFP, installment sales, other reveunue methods other than ASC 606, etc. Does anyone else have similar experiences?

    #2188780

    Huilly
    Participant

    Hi guys! I'm studying for FAR. Probably will take it mid-April or early May. Hope I pass it on my first try (finger crossed)

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    #2189347

    Stevie
    Participant

    Hi all,

    Would it be more efficient to practice the MC cumulatively or section by section? I am worried about forgetting information.

    Thanks

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    #2192416

    timmyj
    Participant

    Question # 62 | Blueprint Area: 3 K : Fair Value Measurements

    On January 1, year 1, Peabody Co. purchased an investment for $400,000 that represented 30% of Newman Corp.’s outstanding voting stock. For year 1, Newman reported net income of $60,000 and paid dividends of $20,000. At year end, the fair value of Peabody’s investment in Newman was $410,000. Peabody elected the fair value option for this investment. What amount should Peabody recognize in net income for year 1 attributable to the investment?

    A. $6,000
    B. $10,000
    C. $16,000
    D. $18,000
    You are correct, the answer is C.
    Entities may choose to measure eligible items at fair value (the “fair value option”) that are not cur­rently required to be measured at fair value. The decision to elect the fair value option is applied instrument by instrument, is irrevocable, and is applied only to an entire instrument. A business entity shall report unrealized gains and losses on items for which the fair value option has been elected in earnings at each subsequent reporting date. The Investment in Newman would be increased by 30% of the net income and decreased by 30% of the dividends, resulting in a year end carrying amount of $412,000 ($400,000 + 18,000 – 6,000). Since the fair value was $410,000, Peabody had an unrealized loss of $2,000. This loss is netted against the investment income previously recognized of $18,000 for a $16,000 net income impact. Dividends do not affect net income (they reduce the Investment account).

    -The above is accounting for an investment with the equity method, but then subsequently revalues it to fair value. Is this correct treatment, if it was valued at fair value why would we apply the equity method (the gain from the income) then revalue to fair value and not just value at fair value for a loss of $2,000 and not a gain for $16,000?

    #2197948
    Puppykoala
    Puppykoala
    Participant

    Does anyone else encounter great difficulty understanding/figuring out business consolidations in FAR? I'm about to cry over the MCQs as I very often just make best guesses. Any good way to enhance understanding of this topic? I'm using Becker but I don't think it does gj explaining and connecting dots for me.

    Shoot for the stars!

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    #2198050

    SeanW
    Participant

    Steven,

    I've had the best success by doing the multiple choice questions after I study each section and then going back and doing all of the multiple choice questions together (when I've finished the entire textbook) to see what areas I am still weakest at and then I go back and study that section again. It gives me a good idea of what stuck and what did not. That's just what works for me though.

    #2198059

    SeanW
    Participant

    Do you have a sample question that illustrates what you are struggling with for consolidations?

    #2211556

    Cjsr
    Participant

    Puppykoala, I was using Becker for consolidations also, and didn't get the whole thing. For my second try, I added Ninja book and MCQs, and had a breakthrough. It was Becker and Ninja together that did it for me. The thing that was hanging me up was that until Ninja I didn't realize that the worksheet was not something that was going into the ledgers. It was completely separate and just helped you figure out what to put on the reports.

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    #2220139

    mina9000
    Participant

    Hello all,

    Would it be progressively productive to rehearse the MC in total or area by segment? I am stressed over overlooking data.

    Much obliged

    #2222266

    Luke
    Participant

    Hello all,
    I am taking FAR in early March, and I have just completed the Becker modules, and am now in review/study mode. I was just wondering if anyone who has taken it can chime in on what is heavily tested? I heard Government and Pensions are tested quite a bit. Also wondering if the FASB ASC 40-01-53-01 thing is going to be actually tested? Like do we have to know those numbers, or are they just a part of Becker? Any information would be awesome!
    Thanks, and good luck to everyone, WE CAN DO IT!!

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    #2224096

    Elizabeth
    Participant

    @luke
    Typically there isn't MCQs asking what is the ASC section for lets say… leases? At least, I have never seen any. Where I have seen them is in research questions, but you use the authoritative guidance to find a code section based on a given scenario.

    @ everyone…
    As I am nearing my test date, what do y'all do to prepare just before the exam (i.e. the final review, work MCQs, SIMs, etc.)?

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    #2225448

    Michelle
    Participant

    Are there any live study groups in the north NJ or NYC area? I'm studying for FAR now and planning to take it in the beginning of April.

    Also, what's the minimum of time that's reasonable to study for FAR? Right now, I've scheduled myself 5 weeks but I don't work yet (I just moved) so I have more time to study than most people.

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    #2226186

    Halyna
    Participant

    Hi guys,

    Please help me here if possible.

    Zeta Co. reported sales revenue of $4,600,000 in its Income Statement for the year ended December 31, 20X1. Additional information is as follows:

    12/31/X0 12/31/X1
    Accounts receivable $1,000,000 $1,300,000
    Allowance for uncollectible accounts (60,000) (110,000)
    Zeta wrote off uncollectible accounts totaling $20,000 during 20X1. Under the cash basis of accounting, Zeta would have reported 20X1 sales of:

    Question – why should we subtract $20,000? Bad debt increases expense, so decreases net income (accrual basis). In my opinion, to convert accrual net income to cash net income, we have to add 20,000.

    Thank you for all your help.

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    #2226582

    Luke
    Participant

    @michelle
    I can't help you with study groups but as for budgeting time… I only work part time so I'm kind of in the same boat as you. I think 5 weeks is doable IF you set yourself to a strict schedule. You're gonna have to complete about 3 modules every day (Becker) because there's like 85 modules in all plus simulations and those practice tests. So I would say take 6 weeks just to be safe. 5-6 weeks, yeah. Or you can push it to like 4 modules a day #beastmode

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    #2227362

    fsin1328
    Participant

    HI ALL,

    I am currently studying for FAR (using GLEIM). I work FullTime , but typically study about 2-3 hours on weekday and about 5-6 hours on weekends. Gleim is 20 chapters in total and I have been studying since mid Jan. I had my test shed. for april 13th but recently moved it to april 27 because I feel like I will not accomplish all 20 chapters in that time frame. Any one else having the same issuing w/ Gleim (or any other review system ) . I been doing a chapter a week, Gleim's chapters are very bulky and detailed. As I review each chapter I always do about 20-25 MC for each sub unit.. still feel like this is not sufficient and I will not be prepared for my april 27 test date. ( FAR IS TRULY A PAIN) Any advice is appreciated in advance. Thanks all, and good luck to all.

    Best,

    F

    #2233329

    leanna
    Participant

    @michelle
    Hi. I am in Jersey City and I am about 15% through the material in Wiley. I’d love to go through flash cards and oral quizzes and lessons for some of qualitative portions of the exam. I am available weekends and evenings.

    #2235942

    NotSmartEnough
    Participant

    Can someone explain to me how to calculate the numerator effect and denominator effect for DEPS? I'm using Wiley CPAexcel and feel like they've done an absolutely terrible job with it…

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    #2236023

    Dev12
    Participant

    The very first step is to calculate Basic EPS which is NI-PD/WACSO (weighted avg common stock outstanding).EPS would be diluted any time the denominator > numerator. There are 3 ways the denominator could increase and make the EPS diluted:

    1) Options – 1st step,Dilutive if, Avg mkt price > Exercise Price.
    if the above condition is satisfied you calculate the Additional shares that need to be added to the denominator using:
    #CS – # Repo, where #Repo = (#CS*#options*Exercise Price)/Avg Mkt Price. Be careful you have to subtract this resultant number from the #CS and then add it to the denominator.

    2) Convertible securities (Bonds) – 2 changes happen in here, 1 – you add the interest expense to the numerator which is (Face value*%*1-Tax rate) and 2 the number of bonds converted to the CS are added to the denominator.

    3) Convertible securities (Preferred Stock) – 2 changes happen in here, 1 – you add the PD to the numerator and number of PS converted to CS are added to denominator.

    Now questions on this could be as easy as tell if the diluted EPS is Dilutive (in the money) or Anti-Dilutive
    1) Options – Dilutive if (Avg Mkt price>Exercise Price
    2) and 3) – Bonds and PS – Diluted EPS < Basic EPS

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    #2236026

    Dev12
    Participant

    and in a question where you have been given all 3 conversion option and they ask to calculate the diluted EPS, use:

    NI + Interest Expense/ WACSO ( After all converted to CS)

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    #2250975

    sam
    Participant

    I'm taking FAR tomorrow and feel wildly unprepared 🙁 Is it possible that my exam can be easier than becker?? Also if it can be disclosed, what are the best topics to review tonight?

    #2252541

    Determined24
    Participant

    Hi Guys I am starting FAR my last section (been waiting to type this for years). I do not like to get hung up on watching review videos and i would like to sit FAR before June; can I just use Ninja text and hammer the MCQs to get through FAR in 3 months?

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    #2253684

    Tinni
    Participant

    I am also using wiley . I am planning to sit for FAR Next June. What is the chance that I am going to see similar OR exact questions in real exam what I am studying with wiley ??

    #2253696

    Tinni
    Participant

    Hello Everyone ,

    I am using wiley to study for FAR and I am planning to sit for FAR section Next June. What is the chance that I am going to see similar OR exact questions in real exam what I am studying with wiley ?? If in real exam they will change the numbers and give the same questions then I could pass . Easier topics I can solve in real exam even if its not common from wiley MCQ's but hard topics I have NO idea how to deal with them . I am nOT at all confident with what I am studying for hard topics. Material is very large and difficult to understand each and every topic. How I am going to pass??

    #2254257

    Luke
    Participant

    Hey everyone,
    I just took FAR an hour ago. Lots of governmental and not-for-profit.
    I feel like it could go either way for me :/
    Sims weren't really like the Becker Sims, but the MCQ's were close.
    Also, I didn't think I'd have to know those ASC questions (where you have to type the ASC 460-58-10-01 numbers) but that was on there so I probably lost those 4 points. Didn't even study them.
    A few lease questions as well.
    Lease, government funds, and not for profit. Study those.
    Good luck to everyone, we can do it!!

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    #2258208

    Ken
    Participant

    Hey guys – just wrapped up FAR (final section). Becker Final Review was actually pretty clutch – good focus on key topic areas and the questions were much harder than anything on the exam itself (so good preparation approach).

    Friend's selling the newest (v3.3) final review book if anyone wants to pick it up without getting the FAR course itself:

    http://ebay.us/7WbIsB?cmpnId=5338273189

    Good luck all!

    #2263566

    sar
    Participant

    Hey everyone!

    I just began studying for the exam this week and decided to start with FAR.

    I am working full-time while using Becker to study nights and weekends. I am trying to study a module or two a day with a chapter a week and some review at the end.

    I am going through the lectures and following along with the text and highlighting and taking notes. After this I am writing an outline based on the notes and highlights. After that i am going through the simulations and MCQs until i feel comfortable with everything.

    Does this seem like an effective way to learn the material to hopefully be able to take the exam in June? or is there another way i should be going about this in order to save some time and learn more efficiently?

    Please send study tips and approximate time you spent preparing for FAR.

    Thanks!!

    #2265021

    Motivated2019
    Participant

    @Sar, your approach sounds really good to me.

    I am retaking FAR in a few weeks after getting 71 a few months ago. Focusing more on Government and NPF this time.

    #2267319

    stan
    Participant

    Sar, at this rate you will spend tremendous amount of time. I will not go that route since you may not be able to finish it by June with your work schedule. What I will do is actually read the book and highlight what i think it is important points. Then watch the lectures, do the skills practice, do the MCQs and do the take the supplemental questions. This is what many of my friend who did the drill did. Do it on the order I outlined Read—watch—-practice—-practice—and practice. It is a most efficient way to learn and master anything ( Neurolinguistic programming technic). and what you get wrong write the explanation down.

    Stand
    #2270421

    Determined24
    Participant

    Hi Guys:

    I am halfway through the material with FAR and I do not feel anything is sticking not to mention mcq not getting right. Can anyone who is even retaking offer me some advice on strategy, please.

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