The Max Company began its operations on January 1, 2016, and used an accelerated method of depreciation for its machinery and equipment. On January 1, 2018, Max adopted the straight-line method of depreciation. The following information is available regarding depreciation expense for each method:
AcceleratedStraight-lineYearDepreciationDepreciation2016$ 175,000$ 150,0002017200,000180,0002018245,000230,000
What is the before-tax cumulative effect on prior years’ income that would be reported as of January 1, 2018, due to changing to a different depreciation method?
an increase of $45,000
a decrease of $45,000
an increase of $60,000