Assume that Congress recently passed a provision that will enable Bev’s Beverages Inc. (BBI) to double its depreciation expense for the upcoming year but will have no effect on its sales revenue or the tax rate. Prior to the new provision, BBI’s net income was forecasted to be $4 million. Which of the following best describes the impact of the new provision on BBI’s financial statements versus the statements without the provision? Assume that the company uses the same depreciation method for tax and stockholder reporting purposes.

a. The provision will reduce the company’s cash flow.

b. The provision will increase the company’s tax payments.

c. The provision will increase the firm’s operating income (EBIT).

d. The provision will increase the company’s net income.

e. Net fixed assets on the balance sheet will decrease.