Measuring And Recording Pension Expense Kessler Inc

6. Measuring and recording pension expense.Kessler, Inc. received the following information from its pension plan trustee concerning the operation of the company’s defined-benefit pension plan for the year ended December 31, 2011:January 1, 2011 December 31, 2011Projected benefit obligation $2,500,000 $2,850,000Market-related asset value 1,250,000 1,600,000Accumulated benefit obligation 1,930,000 2,620,000Accumulated OCI – (PSC) 540,000 300,000The service cost component for 2011 is $150,000 and the amortization of prior service cost is $240,000. The company’s actual funding of the plan in 2011 amounted to $510,000. The expected return on plan assets and the settlement rate were both 8%.Instructions(a) Determine the pension expense to be reported in 2011.(b) Prepare the journal entry to record pension expense and the employers’ contribution to the pension plan in 2011.

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