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Explain the activity-based costing (ABC) and traditional two-stage method for cost allocation for overhead. Why would a firm use activity-based costing (ABC) rather than traditional two-stage methods of cost allocation for overhead? Of the two methods, which one would you think be more costly to maintain?

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This solution compares and contrasts the activity-based costing and traditional two-stage methods for cost allocation of overhead.

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Activity based costing system assigns costs to the activities and then allocates the costs to the products based on the consumption of activities.

Under two stage allocation method, the overhead costs are allocated first to the departments and then the overheads ...

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