Question: On January 1 2014 Cello Co established a defined benefit

On January 1, 2014, Cello Co. established a defined benefit pension plan for its employees. At January 1, 2014, Cello estimated the service cost for 2014 to be $45,000. At January 1, 2015, it estimated 2015 service cost to be $49,000. On the plan inception date, prior service credit was granted to employees for five years, the period of time between the company’s formation and plan inception. The prior service cost was estimated to be $650,000 at January 1, 2014. Cello uses a 10% discount rate and assumes a return on plan assets of 9%. The average remaining service life of employees is 20 years, and the company will fund at the end of each year an amount equal to service cost plus interest cost for 2014 and 2015.

1. Compute the amount of prior service cost to be included as a component of pension expense for 2014.
2. Compute pension expense for 2014.
3. Compute the fair value of plan assets at December 31, 2014.
4. Compute the PBO balance at December 31, 2014.
5. Prepare the company’s required journal entries to record the effects of its pension plan in 2014.
6. Repeat requirements 1 through 5 for 2015.
7. Prepare T-accounts for Pension asset (liability), OCI—prior service cost, and OCI—net actuarial (gain) loss to show the effects of the entries made in requirements 5 and 6. Label theeffects.
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