Question: Swathmore Clothing Corporation grants its customers 30 days cre

Swathmore Clothing Corporation grants its customers 30 days' credit. The company uses the allowance method for its uncollectible accounts receivable. During the year, a monthly bad debt accrual is made by multiplying 3% times the amount of credit sales for the month. At the fiscal year-end of December 31, an aging of accounts receivable schedule is prepared and the allowance for uncollectible accounts is adjusted accordingly.
At the end of 2010, accounts receivable were $574,000 and the allowance account had a credit balance of $54,000. Accounts receivable activity for 2011 was as follows:
Beginning balance ... $ 574,000
Credit sales ..... 2,620,000
Collections ...... (2,483,000)
Write-offs ...... (68,000)
Ending balance .... $ 643,000

The company's controller prepared the following aging summary of year-end accounts receivable:

1. Prepare a summary journal entry to record the monthly bad debt accrual and the write-offs during the year.
2. Prepare the necessary year-end adjusting entry for bad debt expense.
3. What is total bad debt expense for 2011? How would accounts receivable appear in the 2011 balancesheet?

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