ACC 616 Accounting Lease Commitments Memo

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ACC 616 Accounting Lease Commitments Memo

 

Please Complete both cases study memos attached for the assignment

First Case study memo response should be 250-500 words. Write a research memo on the problem. Cite two resources from an acceptable academic source. For this assignment, use the “Memo Template” provided with this for an example memo format.

Second case study response is to write a research memo summarizing the issues, provide a conclusion, and include documentation with applicable authority to support your recommendations. Your response should be 500-1,000 words. Cite two resources from an acceptable academic source. For this assignment, use the “Memo Template” provided for an example memo format.

 

Please Complete both cases studies attached for the assignment:

 

First Case:

 

An audit partner of a CPA firm invested in a computer side business with a member of the board of directors of a public company that sells insurance and is an audit client of that CPA firm. Identify any potential problems. Conduct preliminary research to find the relevant source at issue. Refine the problem statement. Research and locate the relevant professional authorities and determine whether there is any authority in the law that prohibits such a relationship. If so, try to find the interpretation of the law that the SEC may have issued. Analyze, consider alternatives, and develop the conclusion. Write a research memo on the problem.

Your response should be 250-500 words. Cite two resources from an acceptable academic source.

For this assignment, use the “Memo Template” provided with this for an example memo format.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

 

Second Case:

 

Midwest Realty, Inc. is a regional real estate firm. Andrea Midwest incorporated the firm 11 years ago. She is the founder, president, and the majority stockholder. Recently, Midwest decided to expand her successful local real estate firm into a regional operation. She established offices in major cities across the Midwest. Midwest Realty, Inc. leased the office space. The standard lease agreement included a 10-year, non-cancelable term and a 5-year option renewable at the discretion of the tenant. Two years ago, the residential home market was depressed in the Midwest due to the movement of factory jobs abroad, a shaky economy, and tight credit policies. Midwest decided to eliminate 10 offices located in depressed economic areas that she believed would not recover in the housing market during the next 5 years. This year, Midwest Realty, Inc. closed the 10 offices. Midwest Realty, Inc., however, was bound by the lease agreements on all these offices. The company subleased four of the 10 offices but continued to make lease payments on the six remaining vacated ones. Midwest Realty properly classified the lease commitments as operating leases. The controller for the company, Calvin Brain, expressed concern to Midwest about the proper accounting for the lease commitments on the six remaining offices available for subleasing. Brain believes they must recognize that the future lease commitments are a loss for the current period. However, the executives of Midwest disagree and believe that the rental payments are period costs to recognize as an expense in the year paid. Midwest is confident that the company can sublease the vacant offices within the next year and avoid booking a loss and corresponding liability in this accounting period. Midwest has, however, given Brain the job of researching this problem and making recommendations supported by current authoritative accounting pronouncements. Brain has asked your firm, XYZ CPAs, to help in the development of the recommendations. Complete all five steps of the research process for this problem, documenting each step.

 

Write a research memo summarizing the issues, provide a conclusion, and include documentation with applicable authority to support your recommendations.

Your response should be 500-1,000 words. Cite two resources from an acceptable academic source.

For this assignment, use the “Memo Template” provided with this course for an example memo format.

APA style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.