This exercise will illustrate the computations and journal entries made throughout a bond”s life when the straight-line method of amortization is used. Arnie Howell Corporation issued bonds with the following details:

Face value


Contractual interest rate


Market interest rate


Maturity date

January 1, 2017

Date of issuance

January 1, 2014

Issuance price


Interest payments due

Annually on January 1

Method of amortization


End of annual reporting period

December 31


  1. Compute the amount of issuance premium or discount.
  2. Prepare the journal entry for the issuance of the bonds.
  3. Complete the amortization schedule (for these bonds) which appears below. Also supply the missing amount in the heading for columns (A), (C), and (E).
  4. Prepare all of the journal entries (subsequent to the issuance date) for 2014, 2015, and 2016. (Assume reversing entries are not used.)
  5. Prepare the journal entry to record the payment of the face value at the maturity date. Also prepare the journal entry to record the final interest payment due on January 1, 2017.