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. G.L. Brown 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 G.L. Brown Co. uses the computer.
Identify the depreciation methods that meet Brown’s objectives, assuming the income tax
authorities permit the use of any of the methods.
3. Cash provided by operations before income tax is $154,000 for the computer’s first year. The income tax rate is 40%. For the two depreciation methods identified in Requirement 2, compare the net income and cash provided by operations (cash flow). Show which method gives the net-income advantage and which method gives the cash-flow advantage.