Martin Buber Co. Journal Entry

  1. Martin Buber Co. purchased land as a factory site for $757,600. The process of tearing down two old buildings on the site and constructing the factory required 6 months.

    The company paid $79,548 to raze the old buildings and sold salvaged lumber and brick for $11,932. Legal fees of $3,504 were paid for title investigation and drawing the purchase contract. Martin Buber paid $4,167 to an engineering firm for a land survey, and $128,792 for drawing the factory plans. The land survey had to be made before definitive plans could be drawn. Title insurance on the property cost $2,841, and a liability insurance premium paid during construction was $1,705. The contractor’s charge for construction was $5,189,560. The company paid the contractor in two installments: $2,272,800 at the end of 3 months and $2,916,760 upon completion. Interest costs of $321,980 were incurred to finance the construction.

Determine the cost of the land and the cost of the building, as they should be recorded on the books of Martin Buber Co. Assume that the land survey was for the building.

Acquisition cost for land and building

Land                                     $757,600

Razing                                  $79,548

Salvage                                $(11,932)

Legal fee                              $3,504

Title Insurance                     $2841

Total                                       $831,561


Survey                                 $4,167

Plans                                    $128,792

Liability Insurance               $1,705

Construction                         $5,189,560

Interest                                  $321,980

Total                                          $5,646,204


Busytown Corporation, which manufactures shoes, hired a recent college graduate to work in its accounting department. On the first day of work, the accountant was assigned to total a batch of invoices with the use of an adding machine. Before long, the accountant, who had never before seen such a machine, managed to break the machine. Busytown Corporation gave the machine plus $667 to Dick Tracy Business Machine Company (dealer) in exchange for a new machine. Assume the following information about the machines.

Busytown Corp.                                   Dick Tracy Co.

(Old Machine)                                       (New Machine)

Machine cost                          $569                                                         $529

Accumulated depreciation        275                                                            -0-

Fair value                                   166                                                           833


For each company, prepare the necessary journal entry to record the exchange. (The exchange has commercial substance.)


Busytown Corporation
General Journal
Date Description Debit                   Credit

Accumulated Depreciation

Loss on Disposal of Machine










569                                                                                                667



Machine                                                         569

Accumulative Depreciation                           275



Machine: 667 +166= 833


B.V of Old Machine                  294

M.V of Old Machine                  166                                                                                                     

Loss                                             128


Dicky Tracy Business Machine Company
General Journal
Date Description Debit                      Credit


Cost of Goods Sold











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