Question: The partnerships of Up Down and Back Forth

The partnerships of Up & Down and Back & Forth started in business on July 1, 2005; each partnership owns one retail appliance store. It was agreed as of June 30, 2008, to combine the partnerships to form a new partnership to be known as Discount Partnership. Trial balances of the two original partnerships as of June 30, 2008 follow.

The following additional information is available.
1. The profit- and loss-sharing ratios for the former partnerships were 40% to Up and 60% to Down; 30% to Back and 70% to Forth. The profit- and loss-sharing ratio for the new partnership will be Up, 20%; Down, 30%; Back, 15%; and Forth, 35%.
2. The opening capital ratios for the new partnership are to be the same as the profit- and loss-sharing ratios for the new partnership. The capital assigned to Up & Down will total $225,000. Any cash settlements among the partners arising from capital account adjust ments will be a private matter and will not be recorded on the partnership books.
3. The partners agreed that the allowance for bad debts for the new partnership is to be 4% of the accounts receivable balances.
4. The opening inventory of the new partnership is to be valued by the FIFO method. The inventory of Up & Down was valued by the FIFO method and the Back & Forth inventory was valued by the LIFO method. The LIFO inventory represents 80% of its FIFO value.
5. Depreciation is to be computed by the double-declining balance method with a 10-year life for the depreciable assets. Depreciation for three years is to be accumulated in the opening balance of the Allowance for Depreciation account. Up & Down computed depreciation by the straight-line method, and Back & Forth used the double-declining balance method. All assets were obtained on July 1, 2005.
6. After the books were closed, an unrecorded merchandise purchase of $4,000 by Back & Forth was discovered. The merchandise had been sold by June 30, 2008.
7. The accounts of Up & Down include a vacation pay accrual. It was agreed that Back & Forth should make a similar accrual for their 10 employees, who will receive a two-week vacation of $200 per employee per week.

A. Prepare a worksheet to determine the opening balances of a new partnership after giving effect to the information above. Formal journal entries are not required. Supporting computations, including the computation of goodwill, should be in good form.
B. Prepare a schedule computing the cash to be exchanged between Up & Down and between Back & Forth, in settlement of the affairs of each originalpartnership.
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