On January 3, 20X2, J.B. Weld Co. paid $224,000 for a computer system. In addition to the basic…

On January 3, 20X2, J.B. Weld Co. paid $224,000 for a computer system. In addition to the basic purchase price, the company paid a setup fee of $6,200, $6,700 sales tax, and $3,100 for a special platform on which to place the computer. J.B. Weld management estimates that the computer will remain in service 5 years and have a residual value of $20,000. The computer will process 50,000 documents the first year, with annual processing decreasing by 5,000 documents during each of the next 4 years (that is, 45,000 documents in 20X3; 40,000 documents in 20X4; and so on). In trying to decide which depreciation method to use, the company president has requested a depreciation schedule for each of 3 depreciation methods (straight-line, units-of-production, and double-declining-balance). Required 1. For each of the generally accepted depreciation methods, prepare a depreciation schedule showing asset cost, depreciation expense, accumulated depreciation, and asset book value. 2. J.B. Weld reports to stockholders and creditors in the financial statements using the depreciation method that maximizes reported income in the early years of asset use. For income tax purposes, the company uses the depreciation method that minimizes income tax payments in those early years. Consider the first year J.B. Weld Co. uses the computer. Identify the depreciation methods that meet Weld s objectives, assuming the income tax authorities permit the use of any of the methods. 3. Cash provided by op

 

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