Calculate depreciation expense in the year of acquisition

Response to the following problem:

Ekman Corporation purchased a new laser printer to be used in its business. The printer had a list price of \$4,000, but Ekman was able to purchase it for \$3,250. The company expects it to have a useful life of five years, with an estimated residual value of \$250. Ekman is paying the delivery costs of \$100, set-up and debugging costs of \$300, and the costs of purchasing an appropriate table for \$50. There was sales tax of 10 per cent on the purchase price of the printer but not on the other costs.
Required:

1. Calculate the total cost of the laser printer.

2. Ekman management asks you whether the straight-line or doubledeclining balance method of depreciation would be most appropriate for the printer.

Provide calculations to support your answer. Assume the company uses the ½ year rule to calculate depreciation expense in the year of acquisition and disposal.

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