Question: The Pyramid Construction Company has used the completed contract

The Pyramid Construction Company has used the completed-contract method of accounting for construction contracts during its first two years of operation, 2009 and 2010. At the beginning of 2011, Pyramid decided to change to the percentage-of-completion method for both tax and financial reporting purposes. The following table presents information concerning the change for 2009–2011. The income tax rate for all years is 40%.

Pyramid issued 50,000 $1 par, common shares for $230,000 when the business began, and there have been no changes in paid-in capital since then. Dividends were not paid the first year, but $10,000 cash dividends were paid in both 2010 and 2011.

1. Prepare the journal entry to record the change in accounting principle. (All tax effects should be reflected in the deferred tax liability account.)
2. Prepare the 2011–2010 comparative income statements beginning with income before income taxes.
3. Prepare the 2011–2010 comparative statements of shareholders' equity. (Hint: The 2009 statements reported retained earnings of $36,000. This is $60,000 − [$60,000 × 40%].

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