27th Edition
WARREN + 5 others
ISBN: 9781337272094




27th Edition
WARREN + 5 others
ISBN: 9781337272094
Textbook Problem

Vacation pay and pension benefits

Regling Company provides its employees vacation benefits and a defined benefit pension plan. Employees earned vacation pay of $35,000 for the period. The pension formula calculated a pension cost of $201,250. Only $175,000 was contributed to the pension plan administrator.

Provide the journal entry for the (a) vacation pay and (b) pension benefit.


To determine

Vacation expense: Vacation expense is an estimated expense for the company which the company should pay to the employees as extra salary over the entire year. For example: If an employee works 49 weeks in a year, company should pay 3 weeks’ (52 weeks  49 weeks) extra salary as a vacation expense.

To journalize: Vacation pay expense.


  • Vacation pay expense is an expense and it decreases the equity value. So, debit it by $35,000...


To determine

To journalize: Pension benefit.

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