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1 AUGUST 2016 - 31 DECEMBER 2017
This sample paper is made up of questions from the hard copy question bank for exams from 1 August 2016
to 31 December 2017. As such we advise that you look at any errata sheet that has been issued for this
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along with the learning outcome/s (LO) covered.

1 Hexham plc

The following trial balance was extracted from the nominal ledger of Hexham plc on 31 March

Sales 1,150,000
Inventories at 1 April 20X7 75,000
Purchases 465,000
Distribution costs 220,000
Administrative expenses 340,000
Irrecoverable debts expense 36,000
Loan interest paid 8,000
Land and buildings cost 600,000
Plant and equipment cost 340,000
Land and buildings accumulated depreciation at 1 April 20X7 96,000
Plant and equipment accumulated depreciation at 1 April 63,000
Trade receivables 60,000
Allowance for receivables 5,000
Bank 24,000
Ordinary share capital (1 shares) 400,000
Share premium 100,000
Bank loan 200,000
Retained earnings 61,000
Ordinary dividends paid 15,000
Accounts payable 54,000
Advance deposits from customers 6,000
2,159,000 2,159,000

The following adjustments have yet to be accounted for:

1 Hexham plc holds two lines of inventory at 31 March 20X8.

Details are as follows:

Item CX100 BY200

Total cost 16,200 76,000
Selling price 15,000 83,600
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2 Hexham plc paid an annual insurance premium of 16,800 for the year 1 September 20X7 to
31 August 20X8. This payment is included in administrative expenses.

3 The company's depreciation policy is as follows:

Buildings Straight-line over 50 years

Plant and equipment 10% straight-line

The cost of the land was 200,000, and all non-current assets are assumed to have zero
residual values.

There were no additions to or disposals of non-current assets during the year ended
31 March 20X8.

Depreciation on buildings is charged to administrative expenses, and depreciation on plant

and equipment is charged to cost of sales.

4 At the year end, trade receivables include a balance of 4,800 which is considered
irrecoverable. Hexham plc wishes to adjust the allowance for receivables at 31 March 20X8
to 2,760. The company presents irrecoverable debts as other operating expenses on the
face of the statement of profit or loss.

5 The bank loan was received on 1 July 20X7 and is repayable in full in five years. Interest is
charged at a fixed rate of 8% per annum.

6 Income tax for the year ended 31 March 20X8 is estimated at 10,000.

7 The bank reconciliation performed at 31 March 20X8 revealed that Hexham plc had
accounted for a cheque for 4,500 sent to a credit supplier as 5,400.

8 Hexham plc products come with a 6 month warranty. Management estimates that 5% of
warranties will be invoked, at a cost of 15,000 to Hexham plc Provisions are charged to
other operating expenses.

9 Hexham plc paid rent of 25,000 on 27 March 20X8 which covers the period 1 April 20X8 to
30 June 20X8. This amount has been included in administrative expenses.

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Prepare the statement of profit or loss for Hexham plc for the year ended 31 March 20X8 and the
statement of financial position at that date.

Statement of profit or loss for the year ended 31 March 20X8

Cost of sales
Gross profit
Distribution costs
Administrative expenses
Other operating expenses
Profit / (loss) from operations
Finance costs
Profit / (loss) before tax
Income tax
Profit / (loss) for year

Statement of financial position at 31 March 20X8

Non-current assets
Land and buildings
Plant and equipment

Current assets
Trade receivables
Cash and cash equivalents
Total assets

Equity share capital
Preference share capital
Share premium
Retained earnings

Non-current liabilities

Current liabilities
Bank overdraft
Trade payables
Deferred income
Warranty provision
Tax payable
Total equity and liabilities

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2. In relation to the business of a sole trader, which two of the following items does the government
and its agencies need to be able to do?

A Establish levels of tax revenue

B Assess whether the business will continue in existence

C Produce national statistics

D Assess the owner's stewardship

E Take decisions about their investment

3. Which of the following definitions for the going concern concept in accounting is the closest to the
definition given in IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements?

A The directors do not intend to liquidate the entity or to cease trading in the foreseeable future

B The entity is able to pay its debts as and when they fall due

C The directors expect the entity's assets to yield future economic benefits

D Financial statements have been prepared on the assumption that the entity is solvent and
would be able to pay all creditors in full in the event of being wound up

4. According to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements, compliance with International Accounting

Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards will normally ensure that

A The entity's inventory is valued at net realisable value

B The entity's assets are valued at their break-up value

C The entity's financial statements are prepared on the assumption that it is a going concern

D The entity's financial position, financial performance and cash flows are presented fairly

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5. Johan plc enters into the following transactions in relation to Marius plc, a supplier which is also a
customer. Which of Johan plc's accounting records is affected by each of these transactions?

Marius plc buys goods from Johan plc on credit terms

A Sales day book

B Purchase day book
C Payables ledger

Johan plc agrees to make contra entries in Marius plc's personal accounts in its accounting

D Sales day book

E Purchase day book
F Payables ledger

6. Plym plc is a VAT registered retailer .All transactions attract VAT at the rate of 20%. For the year to
30 June 20X7 Plym plc paid 69,600 to suppliers for goods purchased for resale, and showed
revenue in the statement of profit or loss of 89,400. There was no change in the figures for
inventory and trade payables in the statements of financial position as at 30 June 20X6 and 20X7.

What was Plym plc's gross profit for the year ended 30 June 20X7?

A 19,800

B 4,900

C 31,400

D 16,500

7. Peri's bookkeeper made the following mistakes:

1 Discount allowed 3,840 was credited to discounts received account.

2 Discount received 2,960 was debited to discounts allowed account.

Which of the following journal entries will correct the errors?

A Debit Discount allowed 7,680, Credit Discount received 5,920, Credit Suspense account

B Debit Discount allowed 880, Debit Discount received 880, Credit Suspense account

C Debit Discount allowed 6,800, Credit Discount received 6,800

D Debit Discount allowed 3,840, Credit Discount received 2,960, Credit Suspense account

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8. Ewan, a sole trader, has taken goods valued at 1,800 for his own use. This has not been
recorded in arriving at his draft profit figure. To record the drawings he must:

Adjust cost of sales

A Debit 1,800
B Credit 1,800

So his reported profit will

C Increase
D Decrease

9. Hywel plc's trial balance includes a total for all the receivables ledger accounts as listed out at the
year end. The receivables ledger is part of the double entry system. The trial balance fails to agree
and a suspense account is opened. The difference is due to the following errors in Hywel plc's
ledger accounts:

1 The balance on Markham plc's receivables ledger account is 9,890. This is incorrectly
recorded in the trial balance as 9,980

2 A discount allowed to Umberto of 33 was debited to his receivables ledger account

3 The sales account is overcast by 110

Three journals are drafted to correct these errors. Together these journals should

A Credit the suspense account with 110

B Debit the suspense account with 86

C Credit the suspense account with 46

D Debit the suspense account with 46

10. Dredge plc makes only statutory deductions from employees' pay, which are all paid to HMRC
when due. In March 20X6 Dredge plc paid 18,538 to its employees by bank transfer. Gross pay
for the month of 28,456 was debited to the salaries expense account, but a debit balance of
3,983 remained on the salaries control account. This balance represented:

A Employer's NIC which should be debited to the salaries expense account

B Employer's NIC which should be credited to the HMRC liability account

C Total PAYE and NIC owed to HMRC for March which should be debited to the salaries
expense account

D PAYE and employees' NIC deducted from gross pay which should be debited to the salaries
expense account

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11. Limbo plc maintains its petty cash records using an imprest system. The total petty cash float is
topped up monthly to 300. During the month of August the following expenses were paid from
petty cash:

Stationery 36
Tea and coffee 60
Stamps 120

In error, the purchase of stamps was recorded as 12 and as a result a cheque for 108 was
written to top up the petty cash float.

The error made will result in which of the following?

A An imbalance in the trial balance of 108 and the petty cash balance being 108 less than it
should be

B An understatement of expenses of 108 and the petty cash balance being 192 less than it
should be

C An understatement of expenses of 108 and the petty cash balance being 108 less than it
should be

D An imbalance in the trial balance of 192 and the petty cash balance being 192 less than it
should be

12. The debit balance in Omar plc's cash book at the year end is 42,510. The following items appear
in the bank reconciliation at the year end.

Unpresented cheques 2,990
Uncleared lodgements 10,270

A customer's cheque for 2,470 was returned unpaid by the bank before the year end, but this has
not been recorded in the cash book.

What was the bank balance shown by the bank statement?

A 37,700

B 47,320

C 35,230

D 32,760

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13. Bark plc's initial trial balance as at 30 June 20X8 has already been entered on the extended trial
balance for the period. In respect of revenues in the year of 17,550, sales commission of 10% has
not yet been paid. In the adjustments columns on the extended trial balance Bark plc should make
two entries of 1,755:

A Debit the accruals account

B Debit the prepayments account

C Debit the distribution costs account

D Credit the distribution costs account

E Credit the prepayments account

F Credit the accruals account

14. Brindal plc acquired five apartments on 1 June 20X4 and immediately rented them out to different
tenants. Brindal plc has a credit balance on its rent receivable account in its initial trial balance as
at 31 May 20X5 of 22,850. In the adjustments column of the extended trial balance there are
entries for rent in arrears as at 31 May 20X5 of 4,490, and for rent in advance at the same date of

What amount will appear for rent under other income in Brindal plc's statement of profit or loss for
the year ended 31 May 20X5?

A 19,620

B 22,850

C 26,080

D 37,340

15. Franz plc is a manufacturer. Its 12 month reporting period ends on 31 July and it adopts the
average cost (AVCO) method of inventory usage and valuation. At 1 August 20X4 it held inventory
of 2,400 units of the material Zobdo, valued at 10.00 each. In the year to 31 July 20X5 there were
the following inventory movements of Zobdo:

14 November 20X4 Sales 900 units

28 January 20X5 Purchases 1,200 units for 20,100
7 May 20X5 Sales 1,800 units

What was the value of Franz plc's closing inventory of Zobdo at 31 July 20X5?

A 11,700

B 9,000

C 15,075

D 35,100

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16. Sam plc's statement of profit or loss for the year ended 31 December 20X4 showed a net profit of
83,600. It was later found that 18,000 paid for the purchase of a van on 1 January 20X4 had
been debited to the motor expenses account. It is the company's policy to depreciate vans at 25%
per year.

What is the net profit after adjusting for this error?

A 106,100

B 70,100

C 97,100

D 101,600

17. On 1 April 20X5 Herepath plc bought a Foxy car for 23,500. The company's depreciation policy
for cars is 30% per annum using the reducing balance method. On 1 April 20X7 the Foxy was part
exchanged for a Vizgo car, which had a purchase price of 28,200. Herepath plc handed over a
cheque to the seller for 19,350, in final settlement.

What was Herepath plc's profit or loss on the disposal of the Foxy?

A 5,150 loss

B 7,835 profit

C 2,665 loss

D 6,250 loss

18. Diamond Ltd issues 250,000 equity shares with a nominal value of 2 each at a price of 3.55
each for cash.

Which of the following sets of entries would be made to record this transaction?

A Credit Bank 887,500, Debit Share capital 500,000, Debit Share premium 387,500

B Debit Bank 887,500, Credit Share capital 250,000, Credit Share premium 637,500

C Debit Bank 887,500, Credit Share capital 500,000, Credit Share premium 387,500

D Credit Bank 887,500, Debit Share capital 250,000, Debit Share premium 637,500

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19. Which three of the following could be found in the financial statements of a partnership?

A Fixed assets

B Share premium

C Drawings

D Dividends paid

E Profit for the year

20. Leonard's initial trial balance as at 30 April 20X9 has already been entered on the extended trial
balance for the period. Leonard's drawings of 38,100 in total have been debited to the other
expenses account in error. In the adjustments columns on his extended trial balance Leonard
should make two entries of 38,100:

A Debit the capital account

B Credit the capital account

C Debit the other expenses account

D Credit the other expenses account

21. Helen, John and Chris are in partnership, preparing financial statements as at 31 January each
year and sharing profits 5:3:2. Helen retired on 30 September 20X6, and John and Chris
continued, sharing profits 5:3 respectively. Goodwill as at 30 September 20X6 (not to be retained
in the accounts) was valued at 50,000. The net entry to John's capital account to include and then
eliminate goodwill is:

A Debit 3,750

B Debit 16,250

C Credit 3,750

D Credit 16,250

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22. The credit column total on Santi plc's initial trial balance exceeds the debit column total by 78 so a
suspense account is opened. Adjustments are entered in the adjustments columns of the extended
trial balance as follows: debits 144 and credits 173. None of these adjustments is entered in the
suspense account.

What is the balance on the suspense account that remains to be cleared?

A 107 credit

B 107 debit

C 49 debit

D 49 credit

23. At 31 December 20X4 the total of Blunt plc's payables ledger balances was 29,800, but this did
not agree with the payables control account balance at that date. Correction of the following items
subsequently completed the payables ledger reconciliation:

1 The payables ledger column in one page of the cash book had been totalled at 2,950. The
correct total was 2,590.

2 A debit balance in the payables ledger of 153 had been listed as a credit balance.

What were the original and corrected balances on Blunt plc's payables control account?

A Original balance 29,854, corrected balance 29,494

B Original balance 30,466, corrected balance 30,106

C Original balance 29,134, corrected balance 29,494

D Original balance 29,746, corrected balance 30,106

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24. Which of the following assertions about statements of cash flows is/are correct?

1 A statement of cash flows prepared using the direct method produces a different figure for
net cash flow from operations compared to that produced when the indirect method is used.

2 Rights issues of shares do not feature in statements of cash flows.

3 A bonus issue of shares will not appear as an item in a statement of cash flows.

4 A profit on the sale of a non-current asset will appear as an item under cash flows from
investing activities in a statement of cash flows.

A 1 and 4

B 2 and 3

C 3 only

D 2 and 4

25. Part of a draft statement of cash flows is shown below:

Profit before tax 8,640
Depreciation charges (2,160)
Proceeds of sale of non-current assets 360
Increase in inventories (330)
Increase in trade payables 440

The following criticisms of the above extract have been made:

1 Depreciation charges should have been added, not deducted.

2 Increase in inventories should have been added, not deducted.

3 Increase in trade payables should have been deducted, not added.

4 Proceeds of sale of non-current assets should not appear in this part of the statement of
cash flows.

Which of these criticisms are valid?

A 2 and 3 only

B 1 and 4 only

C 1 and 3 only

D 2 and 4 only

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1 AUGUST 2016 - 31 DECEMBER 2017

1 Hexham plc
(C12, Q1)

Marking guide

Statement of profit or loss
Cost of sales 1
Distribution costs
Admin expenses 1
Other operating expenses 1
Finance costs 1
Income tax

Statement of financial position

Land and buildings
Plant and equipment
Inventories 1
Trade receivables 1
Equity share capital and Share premium
Retained earnings
Long-term borrowings
Bank overdraft 1
Trade payables 1
Accruals 1
Deferred income and Warranty provision
Tax payable
Total 16

Statement of profit or loss for the year ended 31 March 20X8

Revenue 1,150,000
Cost of sales (W1) (483,000)
Gross Profit 667,000
Distribution costs (W1) (220,000)
Admin expenses (W1) (316,000)
Other operating expenses(W2) (53,560)
Profit/(loss) from operations 77,440
Finance costs (W3) (12,000)
Profit/(loss) before tax 65,440
Income tax (10,000)
Profit/(loss) for year 55,440

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Statement of financial position at 31 March 20X8

Non-current assets
Land and buildings (W4) 496,000
Plant and equipment (W4) 243,000
Current assets
Inventories (W1) 91,000
Trade receivables (W2) 52,440
Prepayments (W1) 32,000
Cash and cash equivalents 0
Total assets 914,440

Equity share capital 400,000
Preference share capital 0
Share premium 100,000
Retained earnings (W5) 101,440

Non-current liabilities
Borrowings 200,000

Current liabilities
Borrowings 0
Bank overdraft (24,000 900*) 23,100
Trade payables (54,000 + 900*) 54,900
Accruals (W3) 4,000
Deferred income 6,000
Warranty provision 15,000
Tax payable 10,000
Total equity and liabilities 914,440

* Transposition error on cheque payment (4,500 5,400)


1 Allocation of costs

Administrative Distribution Cost

expenses costs Of sales

Opening inventories 75,000
Per TB 340,000 220,000 465,000
Depreciation (W4) 8,000 34,000
Insurance prepayment (16,800 5/12) (7,000)
Rent prepayment (25,000)
Closing inventory (15,000 + 76,000)* (91,000)
316,000 220,000 483,000

*Inventory is valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value

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2 Irrecoverable debts, warranty provision and trade receivables

Other operating Trade

expenses receivables

Per TB 36,000 60,000
Irrecoverable debt written off 4,800 (4,800)
Warranty provision 15,000
Allowance for receivables adjustment (2,240)** (2,760)
53,560 52,440
** 2,760 5,000

3 Finance costs

Loan interest paid per TB 8,000
Accrued interest 4,000
Current period interest expense (9 months: 9/12 8% 12,000
Tutorial note
Read the question carefully to make sure you allocate the depreciation to the right line of
expenditure. There is no depreciation on land because it does not deteriorate.

4 Property, plant and equipment

Plant and
Land Buildings Total

Cost or valuation 200,000 400,000 340,000

Accumulated dep'n (96,000) (63,000)
Carrying amount per TB 200,000 304,000 277,000
Depreciation charge (8,000) (34,000)
Carrying amount 31 March 200,000 296,000 243,000 739,000

5 Retained earnings

Opening retained earnings 61,000
Profit for the year (from Statement of profit or loss) 55,440
Dividends (15,000)
Closing retained earnings

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2 A,C Both tax and national statistics will apply to the needs of government and its agencies.
Whether the business will continue as a going concern (B) is an issue for the sole trader, its
suppliers, customers and employees. Probably only the sole trader is interested in their own
stewardship (D) of the business's resources; this is really only an issue for company owners, as is
C1 Q7, LO1A

3 A According to IAS 1 paragraph 25, going concern relates to whether the entity will continue
in operational existence without liquidating, ceasing trading or being unable to avoid these things
C1 Q17, LO3B

4 D IAS 1 paragraph 15 C1 Q18, LO1D, 3B

5 A, F Note that the question is asking about Johan plc's books of original entry, not Marius plc's.
When Marius plc buys goods on credit, Johan plc sells them to it so only the sales day book (A)
can be at issue. Contra entries are made in ledger accounts, not books of original entry, so only
the payables ledger (F) can be at issue here.
C3 Q14, LO1C

6 C

Revenue 89,400
Purchases (69,600 5/6) (58,000)
Gross profit 31,400 (C)

Option A uses the cash paid figure, which includes VAT, as the cost of purchases. Option B
assumes that the revenue figure is the gross one, whereas revenue in the statement of profit or
loss should be shown exclusive of VAT; it also uses the cash paid figure as the cost of purchases.
Option D uses the correct VAT exclusive purchases figure, but again assumes the revenue figure
includes VAT.
C5 Q9, LO3C

7 B Start by posting the adjustment in full:

Debit Credit

Discount allowed 3,840 2,960
Discount received 3,840 2,960
Suspense account 1,760
C6 Q27, LO2D

8 B,C As some items have been drawn out by the owner rather than sold or carried forward as
inventory, the purchases figure in cost of sales should be reduced or credited (B). A lower cost of
sales figure means an increased reported profit (C).
C6 Q57, LO2A, 2D

9 D This question is not asking for the balance on the suspense account, but for the adjustment
made to the suspense account by the correcting journal.
A single journal to correct all these errors would be:

CR Receivables (90 + 66) 156
DR Sales 110
DR Suspense (9,980 9,890) + (2 33) 110 46
156 156
The debit entry in the suspense account is 46 (D)
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C6 Q58, LO2B, 2D

10 A Employers NIC is an expense to the business in addition to gross pay, so it should be

debited to the salaries expense account from the control account (A). B is incorrect as it suggests
that the debit balance on the control account should be credited to the liability account. Employees
NIC and PAYE are not additional expenses, so the remaining debit balance after gross pay has
been charged cannot be these (C and D).
C6 Q61, LO2B

11 C The difference in the amount at which the purchase of stamps was recorded is 120 12
= 108. As only 12 was recorded expenses have clearly been understated. Petty cash should
have been topped up with (36 + 60 + 120) = 216, so the 108 top-up is 216 108 = 108
too little (C).
C6 Q62, LO2A

12 D

Uncorrected cash book balance 42,510
Dishonoured cheque (2,470)
Corrected cash book balance 40,040
Unpresented cheques 2,990
Uncleared lodgements (10,270)
Bank statement balance 32,760
C6 Q64, LO2B

13 C, F Unpaid sales commission of 1,755 is an accrued expense which should be credited to

accruals (F). As sales commission is a distribution cost it should be debited to this account (C).

C9 Q30, LO1D, 2C

14 A

Advances 7,720 Receipts 22,850
Statement of profit or loss (bal fig) 19,620 Arrears 4,490
27,340 27,340

C9 Q34, LO2C, 3C

15 A
Units Value

8/X4 b/f 2,400 10.00 24,000
11/X4 Sell (900) 10.00 (9,000)
1,500 10.00 15,000
1/X5 Buy 1,200 16.75 20,100
2,700 13.00 35,100
5/X5 Sell (1,800) 13.00 (23,400)
7/X5 c/f 900 13.00 11,700
C7 Q34, LO1D

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16 C

Draft net profit 83,600
Add: purchase price 18,000
Less: additional depreciation (18,000 25%) (4,500)
Adjusted profit 97,100

C10 Q24, LO2A

17 C

Cost 23,500 Accumulated depreciation 11,985
23,500 - (23,500 x 0.7
Part exchange value 8,850
(28,200 19,350)
Loss on disposal (bal fig) 2,665
23,500 23,500

C10 Q29, LO1D

18 C Cash raised is 250,000 3.55 = 887,500, which is debited to cash at bank. The credit to
share capital is 250,000 2 = 500,000, while the credit to share premium is 250,000 1.55 =
C13 Q5, LO1D, 1E, 2D

19 A, C, E
Share premium (B) and dividends paid (D) are found only in company financial statements. Fixed
assets (A) is a UK GAAP term which can be seen in the financial statements of sole traders,
partnerships or some limited companies. Partners take drawings (C) rather than dividends. Profit
for the year (E) can be found in any financial statements.
C14 Q33, LO3C

20 A, D In the absence of a drawings account on the ETB the debit for drawings should be to
capital, since it reduces the amount of the owners interest in the business (A). To remove the
incorrect entry from other expenses the account needs to be credited (D).
C14 Q34, LO2C

21 B John is credited with 50,000 3/10 = 15,000, then debited with 50,000 5/8 = 31,250,
a net debit of 16,250.
C14 Q38, LO1E

22 B The suspense account is increased by the imbalance in the adjustments processed

(173 144) = 29:
Initial TB Adjustments Revised TB

Suspense 78 29 107
Adjustments 144 173
Total 173 173
C6 Q82, LO2B, 2C

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23 C

Payables ledger balances at 31/12/X4 29,800
Debit balance listed as credit balance (153 2) (306)
Corrected balance 29,494
Miscast of cash book (2,950 2,590) (360)
Original control account balance 29,134

C6 Q77, LO2B

24 C The direct and indirect methods will give the same figure. A rights issue of shares is a cash
The profit on sale of a non-current asset appears as an adjustment to profit before taxation in order
to reach net cash flow from operating activities.
C12 Q9, LO3C

25 B Depreciation should be added back as it is not a cash flow. Proceeds from the sale of non-
current assets appear under the heading Cash flows from investing activities and are not included
as an adjustment to profit in order to reach net cash flows from operating activities
C12 Q9, LO3C

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