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Compare ABC to department-based costing system; advantages o

Please answer the two questions below:

-Explain how activity-based costing system is different from department-based costing system.

-In your opinion, what are the advantages/disadvantages of activity and department costing systems?

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Explain how activity-based costing system is different from department-based costing system.

Department based costing systems takes costs within departments and allocates them typically on one cost driver (traditional method). Service departments are allocated to production departments based on a logical cost driver for that department. There are several methods to do this but the process is basically to allocate based on one cost driver.

Example: The costs of the cafeteria are allocated to production departments based on head count.

Activity-based costing systems take costs and sort them into homogeneous costing pools, where the costs in each ...

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Response is 391 words with advantages and disadvantages in bullet format so you can put in your own words.

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