Complete the following exercise. Label each question clearly.

Sonta Corp. provides a defined benefit pension plan for its employees.The balances below are on its books as of January 1, 2014.


Plan assets$480,000

Projected benefit obligation (PBO)$625,000
Accumulated OCI (Prior Service Cost)$100,000*

* Prior Service Cost has a debit balance on January 1, 2014.

The actuary has provided the following information:

2014 Service cost$90,000

Amortization of prior service cost $19,000

Settlement rate9%

Actual return on plan assets in 2014$57,000

Unexpected loss from change in PBO due to actuarial

predictions’ change$76,000

Contributions in 2014$99,000

Benefits paid to retirees in 2014$85,000


1. Use the spreadsheetPensionsto prepare a pension worksheet. On the pension worksheet, compute pension expense, pension asset/liability, projected benefit obligation, plan assets, prior service cost, and net gain or loss. Recall that settlement rate is 9%.

2. Compute the same items as in (1), assuming that the settlement rate is now 7% and the expected rate of return is 10%. Hint: Simply change the interest cost to 7%; change actual/expected return to balance of plant asset on January 1, 2014*10%.

3. Prepare the journal entry using the spreadsheetJournal Entriesto record pension expense in 2014.

Indicate the reporting of the 2014 pension amounts in the income statement and balance sheet for Sonta Corp. using the spreadsheetPensions.