Semester 2 2020
Total maximum marks: 100, weighted to 30% of the final mark for the course
Due Date: Friday of Week 9, 11.55 pm (through Moodle)
Length: While it is difficult to set a required word count, it is anticipated your assignment will need to be between 2000 and 2500 words to adequately respond to all requirements.
The focus of this Assignment is the business activities of Luxwood Pty Ltd, you are required to analyse facts, research and apply relevant law and provide considered advice to the company.
Luxwood is a resident private company established in 2011 to manufacture quality furniture that is sold to retailers under several brand names and directly to the public. The Assignment comprises four tasks which are largely independent of each other. In respect of each task, the requirement is that you:
• Identify the issue/issues raised
20% of the available marks for each Task are allocated for this requirement.
• Identify and discuss the relevant provisions of the legislation, case law, ATO rulings and determinations.
30% of the available marks for each Task are allocated for this requirement.
• Advise the company what amounts are assessable or deductible for each Task. In your advice you should also ‘resolve’ the issues raised by each task, and where appropriate advise what options or alternatives are available. 50% of the available marks for each Task are allocated for this requirement
Note: Disregard GST and Small Business Entity related matters You will not receive marks for discussing these.
Task 1 (30 marks)
Luxwood operates a customer loyalty programme as follows:
Under a LuxRewards Card™ system, each year, on the anniversary of the issue of each customer’s card, the store grants a non-refundable credit to each customer’s account according to a sliding scale based on aggregate purchases for the previous 12 months period. The credit is 2% up to $5,000, 3% for the next $5,000 and 4% thereafter. There is no limit. The credit may only be used to reduce the amount payable for LuxRewards Card™ credit purchases.
For example: Customer A commenced his credit card account a few years ago on 1 February so he is entitled to a credit on the anniversary of that date each year, based on his actual purchases for the previous 12 months. Therefore, at balance date, 30 June, an accrual is made based on the actual sales since 1 February although the actual credit cannot be accurately calculated and neither will it arise until the following financial year.
At 30 June 2020 Luxwood estimates that for the period up to that date its liability in respect of these credits is $220,000. In addition, it has already credited $245,000 during the year ended 30/6/20. The store estimates that, on average, 10% of these credits will lapse.
Task 2 (30 marks)
Luxwood prides itself on its “no questions asked” refund policy for return of defective goods. It has gathered statistics over the previous 8 years since it adopted this policy and it concludes, as a reliable estimate, that of all its refunds under this policy, 60% are covered by supplier warranties. It bears the balance as a cost of doing business. In this respect the store has made the following entry in its journal for the year ended 30 June 2020:
Dr. Profit and Loss 25,000
Cr. Provision for warranties 25,000
Narration: Being 40% of estimated refunds for claims in respect of defective goods sold during the year ended 30 June2020 for which no supplier warranty is available.
Task 3 (20 marks)
During the year it came to the directors’ attention that a rival firm was marketing a lounge suite that appeared identical to Luxwood’s best-selling line. An action to recover damages was commenced. The matter is yet to be finalised but the company’s legal advisors are confident. At June 30 only $1,500 had been paid in legal fees but estimated additional costs of $24,000 had accrued although no account had been received.
Task 4 (20 marks)
In November 2019 a visitor to Luxwood showroom slipped on the steps and sustained injuries requiring medical attention. She claims one of the steps was loose and commenced legal proceedings against Luxwood alleging her injuries were caused by the poor condition of the building. Luxwood has so far incurred legal expenses of $4,000 and the action has not been settled at 30 June.