Calamity Cauliflower Corporation is considering undertaking a capital project. The company would have to commit $24,000 of working capital in addition to an immediate outlay of $160,000 for new equipment. The project is expected to generate $100,000 of annual income for 10 years. At the end of that time, the new equipment, witch will be depreciated on a straight-line basis, is expected to have a salvage value of $10,000. The existing equipment that would be sold to make room for the project has a histoncal cost of $220,000 and accumulated depreciation of $208,000. It has an estimated remaining useful life of 2 years and the remaining book value is being depreciated on a straight-line basis. A scrap dealer has agreed to buy it for $8,000. The company's effective tax rate is 40%. Calamity Cauliflower's tax benefit arising from the disposal of the old equipment is
A firm enjoys a tax benefit upon recognizing a loss on disposal because the loss reduces book income. The old equipments book value is historical cost ($220,000) minus accumulated depreciation ($208,000).
The tax benefit is the accrual-basis loss on the disposal times the effective tax rate.