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22 January, 18:07

A company pays $35,000 per period to rent a small building that has 12,000 square feet of space. This cost is allocated to the company's three departments on the basis of the amount of the space occupied by each. Department One occupies 2,400 square feet of floor space, Department Two occupies 3,600 square feet of floor space, and Department Three occupies 6,000 square feet of floor space. If the rent is allocated based on the total square footage of the space, Department One should be charged rent expense for the period of:

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  1. 22 January, 18:37
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    Answer: $7,000

    Explanation:

    As the question says, a total of $35,000 is paid for 12,000 square feet of space and that the rent is apportioned on the basis of space.

    Department One occupies 2,400 square feet of that space.

    Calculating the proportion it occupies is,

    = 2,400/12,000

    = 20%

    Since it occupied 20% of the total space then it should be charged 20% of the rent bill.

    = 20% * 35,000

    = $7,000

    Department One should be charged rent expense for the period of $7,000.
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