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For example, a company with a beginning allowance for doubtful accounts of $1 million in year one, and write-offs of $700,000 in year one and $600,000 in year two would exhaust its allowance in 1.5 years ($1 million - $700,000 = $300,000 left for the next year; $300,000 / $600,000 = 0.5 years).
In fact, write-offs during the past four years are only slightly lower than the beginning balances in Dell's allowance for doubtful accounts, indicating that Dell has been successful at predicting anticipated write-offs.
However, the beginning-allowance-to-write-offs ratio and exhaustion rates indicate that Apple's allowance for doubtful accounts was exceedingly high prior to 2000.
The analysis indicates that Apple maintains an extraordinarily large allowance for doubtful accounts. As of the end of 2008, Apple had not yet exhausted the allowance that was in place at the beginning of 2004.
We're aware of no evidence indicating that any of the companies in our analysis used the allowance for doubtful accounts to intentionally misstate or manipulate any financial results.
However, auditors should keep in mind that accounting estimates, such as the allowance for doubtful accounts, can be used to manage earnings.
A broader look at the industry in which Apple, Cisco and Dell operate reveals that estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts is not an easy task.
* A description of the method the taxpayer uses to determine its allowance for doubtful accounts on its applicable financial statements before and after the change; and
Over the past several years, the allowance for doubtful accounts had increased significantly, from about $100,000 in 1997 (audited) to approximately $450,000 in 2000 (unaudited).
The entry to reduce the allowance for doubtful accounts would be as follows: Allowance for Doubtful Accounts: $400,000
Other Revenue--Reduction in allowance for doubtful accounts: $400,000
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