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On January 1, 2010, the Smith Company adopted a defined benefit pension plan. At that time, the company awarded retroactive benefits to its employees, resulting in a prior service cost that created a projected benefit obligation of $1,250,000 on that date (which it did not fund). The company decided to amortize the prior service cost by the straight-line method over the 20-year average remaining service life of its active participating employees. The company's actuary has also provided the following additional information for 2010 and 2011: (1) service cost: 2010, $147,000; 2011, $153,000; (2) expected (and actual) return on plan assets: 2011, $33,000; and (3) projected benefit obligation: 1/1/2011, $1,522,000. The discount rate was 10% in both 2010 and 2011. The company contributed $330,000 and $350,000 to the pension fund at the end of 2010 and 2011, respectively. There are no other components of Smith Company's pension expense.

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1. Compute the amount of Smith Company's pension expense for 2010 and 2011.
2. Prepare all the journal entries related to Smith Company's pension plan for 2010 and 2011.



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