The Theater Arts Guild of Dallas TAG D employs five people
The Theater Arts Guild of Dallas (TAG-D) employs five people in its Publication Department. These people lay out pages for pamphlets, brochures, magazines, and other publications for the TAG-D productions. The pages are delivered to an outside company for printing. The company is considering an outside publication service for the layout work. The outside service is quoting a price of $ 13 per layout page. The budget for the Publication Department for 2014 is as follows:
Salaries .............. $ 224,000
Benefits ............. 36,000
Supplies ............. 21,000
Office expenses .......... 39,000
Office depreciation .......... 28,000
Computer depreciation ....... 24,000
Total............... $ 372,000
The department expects to lay out 25,000 pages for 2014. The computers used by the department have an estimated residual value of $ 9,000. The Publication Department office space and equipment would be used for future administrative needs, if the department’s function were purchased from the outside.
a. Prepare a differential analysis dated February 22, 2014, to determine whether TAG-D should lay out pages internally (Alternative 1) or purchase layout services from the outside (Alternative 2).
b. On the basis of your analysis in part (a), should the page layout work be pur­chased from an outside company?
c. What additional considerations might factor into the decision making?

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