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Depreciation for Fractional Years

On August 3, Srini Construction purchased special purpose equipment at a cost of $1,000,000. The useful life of the equipment was estimated to be 8 years, with a residual value of $50,000.
a) Compute the depreciation expense to be recognized each calendar year for financial reporting purposes under the straight-line depreciation method (half- year convention).

b) Compute the depreciation expense to be recognized each calendar year for financial reporting purposes under the 200 percent declining-balance method (half-year convention).

c) Which of these two depreciation methods (straight-line or double- declining-balance) results in the highest net income for financial reporting purposes during the first two years of the equipments use? Explain.

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This solution shows step-by-step calculations in an Excel file to determine the depreciation expense for financial reporting purposes. It also differentiates between the two depreciation methods of straight-line or double-declining balance.

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