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Accounting Cost Allocation Process

Cost Allocation Process

Apex Company's Copy Department, which does almost all of the photocopying for the Sales Department and the Administrative Department, budgets the following costs for the year, based on the expected activity of 6,000,000 copies:

Salaries (fixed) $94,300
Employee benefits (fixed) 15,400
Depreciation of copy machines (fixed) 15,900
Utilities (fixed) 6,600
Paper (variable, 1 cent per copy) 60,000
Toner (variable, 1 cent per copy) 60,000

The costs are assigned to two cost pools, one for fixed and one for variable costs. The costs are then assigned to the Sales Department and the Administrative Department. Fixed costs are assigned on a lump-sum basis, 60 percent to sales and 40 percent to administration. The variable costs are assigned at a rate of 2 cents per copy.


Assuming 5,840,000 copies were made during the year, 3,040,000 for Sales and 2,800,000 for Administration, calculate the Copy Department costs allocated to Sales and Administration.

Total costs allocated to Sales $
Total costs allocated to Administration $

Solution Summary

Cost allocation process accounting is examined.