How should Securitizing Accounts Receivable be accounted for?
If a company securitizes $200,000 worth of accounts receivable (to an SPE), which of the following is most likely correct? Assume the income tax rate is at 40%, and assume there is zero tax on the sale of accounts receivable to the SPE.
A. Assets decrease by $120,000 and Equity decreases by $120,000.
B. Assets decrease by $200,000 and Liabilities decrease by $200,000.
C. No effect on the Total Assets, since an equal amount of cash ($200,000) is recorded, offsetting the decrease in accounts receivable.
Please post your choice and EXPLANATION. Don’t necessarily believe in your first instinct on this one!
Once you’ve answered this question, go to curriculum Volume 2 Page 463 and look at Question 17.
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