Accounting for Receivables

Rigney Inc. uses the allowance method to estimate uncollectable accounts receivable. The company produced the following aging of the accounts receivable at year-end.


  1. Calculate the total estimated bad debts based on the above information.
  2. Prepare the year-end adjusting journal entry to record the bad debts using the aged uncollectable accounts receivable determined in (a). Assume the current balance in Allowance for Doubtful Accounts is a $8,000 debit.
  3. Of the above accounts, $5,000 is determined to be specifically uncollectable. Prepare the journal entry to write off the uncollectable account.
  4. The company collects $5,000 subsequently on a specific account that had previously been determined to be uncollectable in (c). Prepare the journal entry(ies) necessary to restore the account and record the cash collection.
  5. Comment on how your answers to (a)-(d) would change if Rigney Inc. used 4% of total accounts receivable rather than aging the accounts receivable. What are the advantages to the company of aging the accounts receivable rather than applying a percentage to total accounts receivable?


Calculating of the total estimated bad debts
Solution of b., c. and d.
Journal Entries
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