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Kristin is evaluating a capital budgeting project that should last for 4 years. The project requires $800,000 of equipment.

Kristin is evaluating a capital budgeting project that should last for 4 years. The project requires $800,000 of equipment. She is unsure what depreciation method to use in her analysis, straight-line or the 3-year MACRS accelerated method. Under that straight-line depreciation, the cost of the equipment would be depreciated over its 4-year life (ignore the half year convention for stright line method). The applicable MACRS depreciation rates are 33,45,15 and 7 percent. The company's WACC is 10% and its tax rate is40%.
a)What would be the depreciation expense be each year under each method?
b)Which depreciation method would produce the higher NPV, and how much higher would it be?

This question was asked on Apr 19, 2010.

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