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Lightstone Equipment Ltd. wanted to expand into New Brunswick and was impressed by the provincial government's grant program for new industry. After being sure that it would qualify for the grant program, it purchased property in downtown Saint John on June 15, 2014. The property cost $235,000 and Lightstone spent the next two months gutting the building and reconstructing the two floors to meet the company's needs. The building has a useful life of 20 years and an estimated residual value of 565,000. In late August, the company moved into the building and began operations. Additional information follows:
1. The property was assessed at $195,000, with $145,000 allocated to the land.
2. Architectural drawings and engineering fees related to the construction cost $ 18,000.
3. The company paid $ 17,000 to the contractor for gutting the building and $108,400 for construction. Lightstone expects that these improvements will last for the remainder of the life of the building.
4. T he provincial government contributed $75,000 toward the building costs.
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(a) Assuming that the company uses the cost reduction method to account for government assistance, answer the following:
1. What is the cost of the building on Lightstone Equipment's statement of financial position at August 31, 2014, its fiscal year end?
2. What is the effect of this capital asset on the company's income statement for the company's year ended August 31, 2015?
(b) Assuming the company uses the deferral method to account for government assistance, answer the following:
1. What is the cost of the building on Lightstone Equipment's statement of financial position at August 31, 2014?
2. What is the effect of this capital asset on the company's income statement for the company's year ended August 31, 2015?
(c) Compare the statement of financial position and income statement presentations for the two alternative treatments for government assistance for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015.


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