Assessment Description Assume that you are a team of graduate accountants working for Avatar Group Ltd, a public accounting firm Situated at 777 Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3000. The Manager of your firm, Ms. Julia Roy has asked you to draft a letter in response to an email received from a client – Mr. Mike Dixon, the Managing Director of Dixon Ltd, raising several accounting issues – see the copy of the email on the next page.


ACCM4200 Advanced Financial Accounting – Kaplan Business School

Your Task

• You are required to prepare a business letter to answer all of the following questions.
• You are also required to prepare a short video presentation (3 to 5 mins) summarising the key issues you have addressed in your letter.

Assessment Description

Assume that you are a team of graduate accountants working for Avatar Group Ltd, a public accounting firm Situated at 777 Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3000. The Manager of your firm, Ms. Julia Roy has asked you to draft a letter in response to an email received from a client – Mr. Mike Dixon, the Managing Director of Dixon Ltd, raising several accounting issues – see the copy of the email on the next page.

The maximum length for the body of the letter is 1,000 words. You should address all the technical issues/discussion in the letter, followed by a Reference List.

• Part A: Technical component 10% – This mark covers the technical content of your advice and the explanation on each of the issues, the calculations, and the sources used.
• Part B: Communication Skills – Letter Writing 5% – This mark covers the generic skills of Letter writing; layout, clear meaning, structure and organisation, appropriate tone and grammar, spelling, and punctuation, etc. throughout the whole assignment.
• Part C: Communication Skills – Video Presentation 5% – You have to prepare a 3-5 minute video presentation that will keep the audience engaged; the presentation should be well- rehearsed and supplementary material, such as slides and visual aids must be of a professional standard.

Re: Accounting Issues: Year Ending 30 June 2020 From: Mike Dixon (mdixon@dixonltd.com.au) Sent: 15 June 2020
To: Julia Roy (Julia.Roy@Avatargroup.com.au)

Dear Julia

Thank you for your phone call this morning, as agreed I am emailing you regarding the accounting issues we briefly discussed. By the way to assist the accounting team in our decision-making process could you please make sure you reference any relevant sources relating to your advice, for example, AASBs, Corporations Act, and relevant websites.

Here is the background to our problem – as you know, Dixon Ltd is a leading company in the sale of frozen and canned fish produce. These products are sold under two brand names. Fish caught in southern Australian waters are sold under the brand ‘Ocean Fresh’, which is the brand the company developed when it commenced operations and which is still used today. Fish caught in the northern oceans are sold under the brand name ‘Salty Taste’, the brand developed by Nemo Ltd.
Dixon Ltd acquired all the assets and liabilities of Nemo Ltd a number of years ago when it took over that company’s operations.

Dixon Ltd has always marketed itself as operating in an environmentally responsible manner, and is an advocate of sustainable fishing. The public regards it as a dolphin-friendly company as a result of its previous campaigns to ensure dolphins are not affected by tuna fishing.

The marketing manager of Dixon Ltd has noted the efforts of the ship, the Panamax, to disrupt and hopefully stop the efforts of Japanese whalers in the Pacific Ocean and the publicity that this has received. He has recommended to the board of directors that Dixon Ltd strengthen its environmentally responsible image by guaranteeing to repair any damage caused to the Panamax as a result of attempts to disrupt the Japanese whalers. He believes that this action will increase Dixon Ltd.’s environmental reputation, adding to the company’s goodwill. He has told the board that such a guarantee will have no effect on Dixon Ltd.’s reported profitability. He has explained that, if any damage to the Panamax occurs, Dixon Ltd can capitalise the resulting repair costs to the carrying amounts of its brands, as such costs will have been incurred basically for marketing purposes. Accordingly, as the company’s net asset position will increase, and there will be no effect on the statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, this will be a win-win situation for everyone.

The chairman of the board knows that the marketing manager is very effective at selling ideas but knows very little about accounting. The chairman has, therefore, asked me to provide him with a summary advising the board on how the proposal should be accounted for under the Financial Reporting Standards and how such a proposal would affect Dixon Ltd.’s financial statements.

Please respond by letter (not email) as I would like to present this to the Board. I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Regards Mike Dixon
Managing Director, Dixon Ltd Level 20, 555 Queen Street,
Adelaide SA 5000



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