E4-4 (Multiple-Step and Single-Step) Two accountants for the firm of Allen and Wright are arguing about the merits of presenting an income statement in a multiple-step versus a single-step format. The discussion involves the following 2012 information related to Webster Company ($000 omitted).
Depreciation of office furniture and equipment
Cost of goods sold
Depreciation of sales equipment
Income tax expense
(a) Prepare an income statement for the year 2012 using the multiple-step form. Common shares outstanding for 2012 total 40,550 (000 omitted).
(b) Prepare an income statement for the year 2012 using the single-step form.
(c) Which one do you prefer? Discuss.