Write-Down of Obsolete Inventory
As a newly hired staff accountant, you are assigned the responsibility of physically counting
inventory at the end of the year. The inventory count proceeds in a timely fashion. The inventory
is outdated, however. You suggest that the inventory cannot be sold for the cost at which it is carried
and that the inventory should be written down to a much lower level. The controller replies
that experience has taught her how the market changes and she knows that the units in the warehouse
will be more marketable again. The company plans to keep the goods until they are back
1. What effect will writing off the inventory have on the current year’s income?
2. What effect does not writing off the inventory have on the year-end balance sheet?
3. What factors should you consider in deciding whether to persist in your argument that the
inventory should be written down?
4. If you fail to write down the inventory, do outside readers of the statements have reliable
information? Explain your answer.