AC 113 UNIT 5 DISCUSSION Unit 5: Unit 5: Accounting for Merchandising Businesses – Discussion Unit 5 Discussion: Accounting for the sale of merchandise, purchase of merchandise, and accounting for freight and sales tax is important for a Merchandising business. In Merchandising businesses, there is a dual nature to the transactions. In this Discussion, you will look at merchandise shrinkage as well as the financial statements for a merchandising business. This weekâ€™s Discussion focuses on Activity 4-2 located on page 169 of your textbook, which reads as follows: The Laurel Co. is owned and operated by Paul Laurel. The following is an excerpt from a conversation between Paul Laurel and Maria Fuller, the chief accountant for The Laurel Co.: Paul: Maria, I have a question about this recent balance sheet. Maria: Sure, whatâ€™s your question? Paul: Well, as you know, Iâ€™m applying for a bank loan to finance our new store in Clinton, and I noticed that the accounts payable are listed as $180,000. Maria: Thatâ€™s right. Approximately $150,000 of that represents amounts due our suppliers, and the remainder is miscellaneous payables to creditors for utilities, office equipment, supplies, etc. Paul: Thatâ€™s what I thought. But as you know, we normally receive a 2% discount from our suppliers for earlier payment, and we always try to take the discount. Maria: Thatâ€™s right. I canâ€™t remember the last time we missed a discount. Paul: Well, in that case, it seems to me the accounts payable should be listed minus the 2% discount. Letâ€™s list the accounts payable due suppliers as $147,000 rather than $150,000. Every little bit helps. You never know. It might make the difference between getting the loan and not. How would you respond to Paul Laurelâ€™s request?