On June 28, 2014, in relocating to a new town, Kerr Corp. purchased a property consisting of two hectares of land and an unused building for $225,000 plus property taxes in arrears of $4,500. The company paid a real estate broker's commission of 512,000 and legal fees on the purchase transaction of$6,000. The closing statement indicated that the assessed values for tax purposes were S 17 5,000 for the land and S3 5,000 for the building. Shortly after acquisition,
the building was demolished at a cost of $24,000.
Kerr Corp. then entered into a $1.3-million fixed-price contract with Maliseet Builders, Inc. on August 1, 2014, for the construction of an office building on this site. The building was completed and occupied on April29, 2015, as was a separate maintenance building that was constructed by Kerr's employees. Additional costs related to the property included:
Plans, specifications, and blueprints ............... $25,000
Architects' fees for design and supervision ............. 82,000
Landscaping ......................... 42,000
Extras on contract for upgrading of windows ............ 46,000
External signage on the property ................. 23,000
Advertisements in newspaper and on television
announcing opening of the building .............. 10,600
Gala opening party for customers, suppliers, and friends of Kerr ..... 18,800
Costs of internal direct labour and materials for maintenance building .. 67,000
Allocated plant overhead based on direct labour
hours worked on maintenance building .............. 10,000
Allocated cost of executive time spent on project .......... 54,000
Interest costs on debt incurred to pay contractor's
progress billings up to building completion ........... 63,000
Interest costs on short-term loan to finance maintenance building costs . 3,200
As an incentive for Kerr to locate and build in the town, the municipality agreed not to charge its normal building permit fees of approximately $36,000. This amount was included in the 51.3-million contract fee. The building and the maintenance building are estimated to have a 40-year life from their dates of completion and will be depreciated using the straight-line method.
Kerr has an April 30 year end, and the company accountant is currently analyzing the new Buildings account that was set up to capture all the expenditures and credits explained above that relate to the property.
(a) Prepare a schedule that identifies the costs that would be capitalized and included in the new Buildings account on the April 3 0, 2015 balance sheet, assuming the accountant wants to comply with ASPE, but tends to be very conservative in nature; in other words, she does not want to overstate income or assets. Briefly justify your calculations. How would your answer change if Kerr were to comply with IFRS?
(b) Prepare a schedule that identifies the costs that would be capitalized and included in the new Buildings account on the April 30, 2015 balance sheet, assuming the accountant wants to comply with ASPE, but is aware that Kerr needs to report increased income to support a requested increase in its bank loan next month. Briefly justify your calculations.
(c) Comment on the difference in results for (a) and (b) above. Calculate the total expenses related to the building under both scenarios. What else should be considered in determining the amount to be capitalized?