Kessler Inc received the following information from its pensio
Kessler, Inc. received the following information from its pension plan trustee concerning the operation of the company's defined-benefit pension plan for the year ended December 31, 2011:

The service cost component for 2011 is $150,000 and the amortization of prior service cost is $240,000. The company's actual funding of the plan in 2011 amounted to $510,000. The expected return on plan assets and the settlement rate were both 8%.

(a) Determine the pension expense to be reported in 2011.
(b) Prepare the journal entry to record pension expense and the employers' contribution to the pension plan in2011.
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