Accounts Receivable balance amount vs Notes Receivables I get wrong answer

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It seems to be a pretty easy task, but I don't understand why I get the wrong answer.
The answer from the book is AR = 16 465, but I get a different number. Here is the task (I uploaded it to the google drive as a screen shot):

Description of the task:
Farwell Company closes its books monthly. On September 30, selected ledger
account balances are:

Notes Receivable $37,000
Interest Receivable $183
Notes Receivable include the following.

Date Maker Face value Terms Interest
______ __________ ___________ _______ ________
Aug. 16 K. Goza Inc. $12,000 60 days 8%
Aug. 25 Holt Co. 9,000 60 days 7%
Sept. 30 Noblitt Corp. 16,000 6 months 9%

Interest is computed using a 360-day year. During October, the following transactions
were completed:
Oct. 7 Made sales of $6,900 on Farwell credit cards.
Oct. 12 Made sales of $900 on MasterCard credit cards. The credit card service charge
is 3%.
Oct. 15 Added $460 to Farwell customer balances for fi nance charges on unpaid balances.
Oct. 15 Received payment in full from K. Goza Inc. on the amount due.
Oct. 24 Received notice that the Holt note has been dishonored. (Assume that Holt is
expected to pay in the future.)

The question: Enter the balances at October 1 in the accounts receivable accounts. There was no opening balance in accounts receivable. What is the ending balance of accounts receivable.
End of task.

My computations:

Debit Accounts Receivable:
Oct.7 6,900
Oct. 12 900
Oct. 15 460 (it is said that this was added to customer balances as finance charges)
Oct. 24 9000 (as the note receivable is dishonored, the amount is transferred to AR account)
Oct. 24 51 (9000 * 7% * (29 days / 360 days) = 51 interest on the dishonored note)
17 311
Please, help me to find my mistake.
Thank you very much!

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Comments (4)

Jun 28, 2017

I did a quick your answer - book, so I didn't write out all of the problem or do it, but did you account for the service charges on the 12th?

Jun 28, 2017

No, in fact, I didn't, but should have. You are right. But still it's only $27 minus, but the difference between my number and the book's one is 746; or 719, if minus 27.

Jun 28, 2017

Ok, I didn't solve the problem I was just trying to point out a potential area that might be causing it to be off.

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Jun 28, 2017