CA11-2 (Unit, Group, and Composite Depreciation) The certified public accountant is frequently called upon by management for advice regarding methods of computing depreciation. Of comparable impor- tance, although it arises less frequently, is the question of whether the depreciation method should be based on consideration of the assets as units, as a group, or as having a composite life.
(a) Briefly describe the depreciation methods based on treating assets as (1) units and (2) a group or as having a composite life.
(b) Present the arguments for and against the use of each of the two methods. (c) Describe how retirements are recorded under each of the two methods.