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# Wendy's boss wants to use straight-line depreciation for the new expansion project because he said it...

Wendy's boss wants to use straight-line depreciation for the new expansion project because he said it will give higher net income in earlier years and give him a larger bonus. The project will last 4 years and requires \$600,000 of equipment. The company could use either straight-line or the 3-year MACRS accelerated method. Under straight-line depreciation, the cost of the equipment would be depreciated evenly over its 4-year life. (Ignore the half-year convention for the straight-line method.) The applicable MACRS depreciation rates are 33.33%, 44.45%, 14.81%, and 7.41%. The project cost of capital is 9%, and its tax rate is 45%.

What would the depreciation expense be each year under each method?

 Year Scenario 1 (Straight Line) Scenario 2 (MACRS) 1 \$ \$ 2 3 4

Which depreciation method would produce the higher NPV?

How much higher would it be? Round your answer to the nearest dollar.
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