Company Background & Scenario

The Auto Zone Company is a well-established, publicly-held corporation, operating as a wholesaler in the auto parts industry.  Specifically, Auto Zone purchases auto parts from manufacturers and sells them to large business customers.  Most purchases and sales are on account, with trade credit terms (specified below).

You’re a Davenport University student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business and employed at the Auto Zone  Company this semester as an intern.  You’ve worked in various departments and on several projects so far, learning a lot about the company’s business operations.  Management seems impressed with your enthusiasm and the quality of your work.

The company’s accountant has just been called away for a family emergency and will likely be absent for a month or so.  The General Manager asks you to take over the accountant’s regular duties on an interim basis.  You’re nervous about doing so, but are confident that what you’ve learned in accounting class, plus your personal problem-solving skills, will make this a successful experience.  What a great learning opportunity, not to mention an enhancement to your resume!

Part I

Journal Entries

a. Within the “Transactions” worksheet you will find journal entry statements.  Use those statements to write the corresponding journal entries. You are to write the journal entries in the proper special journal. The special journals included within this workbook include the Sales Journal, Purchases Journal, Cash Receipts Journal and Cash Payments Journal. Any transaction that does natually work within one of the special journals should be written into the General Journal.

b.Within the “Transactions” worksheet you will find journal entry statements. At the end of this list you will find “adjusting” information. Use this “adjusting” information to write the respective adjusting journal entries. Write all adjusting entries in the worksheet labled “General Journal ADJ”.

c. Before starting work, review the entire project:  all instructions, business transactions descriptions, workbook sections, check figures, due dates, and submission requirements.

Credit Terms & Inventory Accounting

a. When Auto Zone purchases merchandise from a supplier or vendor on account, they receive credit terms of 2/15, net 30.

b. When Auto Zone sells merchandise to a customer on account, they offer that customer credit terms of 2/30, net 45.

c. Auto Zone uses a perpetual inventory accounting system and a last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory costing method.  Within this workbook there is a worksheet labeled “Inventory Control”. You will need to use the “Inventory Control” worksheet to keep a perptual record of your inventory. As part of that process you will be calculating the value of CGS each time you generate a sale. Use the “Inventory Control” worksheet to calcluate your Cost of Goods Sold values.

d. Auto Zone uses the “Gross” method of accounting for purchases and sales. The “Net” method assumes that discounts are taken at the point of sale or purchase. 


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