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This Deloitte Trueblood case involves a real world accounting or audit issue encountered in practice. You are required to research, synthesize and reference authoritative literature (e.g. FASB Codification) in your solution. Please submit your solution to the case as an e-mail attachment to the lead instructor Dr. Seetharaman. The solution must be typed with a length of two to four pages.
Case- Refer-a-Friend Program
Runway Discount ("Runway" or the "Company") is a privately held online retailer that sells discounted high-end fashion. In an effort to increase its sales and customer base, Runway implemented a customer referral marketing campaign (the "Refer-a-Friend Program") whereby existing customers can refer friends to Runway and receive a $25 credit towards the purchase of future merchandise. The terms of the program are as follows:
Runway offers existing customers (the "Existing Customer") a $25 credit (the "$25 Referral Credit") if the Existing Customer refers a friend (the "New Customer") to Runway's Web site and the New Customer purchases merchandise from Runway.
After a purchase is made by the New Customer, the Existing Customer receives a $25 credit to be applied to a future purchase from Runway.
The $25 Referral Credit represents the fair value of the cost Runway would pay to acquire a new customer from an unrelated third party or marketing firm who is not a purchaser of its products. The program is open to all of Runway's customers and does not need to be combined with any initial or existing purchases.
1. How should the $25 Referral Credit be recorded in Runway's Income Statement- as a reduction of revenue or as a marketing expense?
2. When would Runway record the $25 Referral Credit?
What are the entries Runway would record when the $25 Referral Credit is earned by the Existing Customer?
What are the entries Runway would record when the $25 Referral Credit is redeemed against a $100 purchase made by the Existing Customer?
3. Runway is planning to adopt IFRSs in the near future. What is the relevant accounting guidance they would follow under IFRSs?