ABC....why? The problem with Traditional costing is that it can easily over-allocate overhead to cost objectives. Traditional costing is production volume driven so its would be easy but yet inaccurate to assign a Skittles production with more overhead than say a the division within the same company that makes custom pies. Activity based costing accounts for the multiple costs that go into making a product or service thus making allocation of overhead more efficient and allowing managers to make better business decisions. Derek Coleman
An activity-based absorption costing system defines the cost by how many activities a product unit uses. A traditional absorption costing system defines the cost by how much money went into making the product unit.
Activity based costing has primary difference of allocation of overheads which are based on activities performed by any department while in traditional costing system overheads are allocated on predetermined rate which may be not very accurate.
Traditional costing system allocates the idle capacity cost to completed units while activity based costing only allocates the cost of capacity which is utilized while remaining capacity is expensed to income statement as period cost.
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Answering "Problem relating to the implementation of activity based costing and activity based management system
In traditional costing system overheads are spread over volume of production by using spread rate which is called blanket rate or absorption rate while in ABC costing costs are allocated on the bases of actual activity performed in specific cost centers so this is a accurate method for allocating costs according to activity performed and not with just any estimated rates
It is easy to use.
Advantages of Activity Based Costing System:Activity based costing system has the following main advantages / benefits: More accurate costing of products/services, customers, SKUs, distribution channels.Better understanding overhead.Easier to understand for everyone.Unit cost rather than just total cost.Enables costing of processes, supply chains, and value streams
Over costing and under costing occurs because overhead cost is applied first using some ratio to find out the cost of product before the process of production done and actual cost found.
assigning manufacturing overhead costs for each activity cost pool to products
needs of product costing system
full absorption costing
Full costing system
Job order costing is more appropriate than process costing when the product being produced is a custom product
A job order costing system would be more appropriate than a process costing system for manufacturers who use different types of goods throughout the manufacturing process. Process costing is best to you when manufacturing a large amount of the same items.
a costing system that does not divide cost by function or allocation or een by each part of the manufacturing process. it takes a total cost and divides it by each part of the process. so essentially each part of the manufacturing process is assigned an equal estimated cost.
actual is the actual cost, normal is estimating
features of standard costing
Activity-based costing is a more accurate cost management system than TCA. One would use the ABC method when overhead is high, products are diverse, cost of errors high and competition is stiff. Traditional Cost Accounting is unable to calculate the 'true' cost of the product. TCA arbitrarily allocates overhead to the costs of objects. Total company's overhead is allocated to the products based on volume based measure e.g. labor hours, machine hours.
The Traditional costing system used to allocate/assign overhead costs to products by using only volume based cost drivers. In fact, these traditional systems were designed decades ago when most companies manufactured a narrow range of products, and direct labour and materials were the dominant factory costs. Overheads costs were relatively small and the distortions arising from inappropriate overhead allocations were not significant. Danish Ayub
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