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Rosely HSA decision: relevant costs sunk opportunity incremental

A BusinessWeek article titled, "HSAs Could Keep You in the Pink," by Christopher Farrell describes the use of health savings accounts (HSA). HSAs were authorized by Congress. The HSA plan has two parts. First, individuals buy a health insurance policy with a high-deductible. Second, participants open an HSA, a tax-sheltered

Budgeting Characteristics

Critically evaluate budgeting as a tool for planning and control, making reference to readings you have undertaken. Refer to specific authors or examples where appropriate to support your discussion. Suggested journal articles : Howell, R. (2004) Turn your budgeting process upside down, Harvard Business Review, July, pp. 21-

Cost Accounting

Sunk cost, is a cost we have written off and it should not be relevant to the future decision. Your company has spent millions of dollars on a steel plant, but it's cheaper to import. What can we do? Have you seen outsourcing work or not work?

Cost Accounting

I am going to focus on the customers of my business and leave cost allocation issues to my accountants." Do you agree with this comment by a division president? Why?

Accounting for cost overruns and recoveries

Managers must make decisions with respect to the financial reporting necessary to apply accounting standards. Consider the article "Halliburton: Accounting for Cost Overruns and Recoveries" (Tayan & McNichols, 2007). Next, using outside sources that you may seek and your professional experience, develop and write a 3 page paper


Flex-Budgets & Fixed Budgets: Is it better to pad the budget so when the cuts come, you are not hurt that bad, or should you be tight to the bone and fight for your rights. What do you do when you have to cut the Budget?

Accounting Fraud

Explain the fraud committed by Take-Two Interactive Software related to the blockbuster video game series Grand Theft Auto.

Managerial Accounting

What are some similarities and differences between financial and managerial accounting? Please provide examples.

Accounting / Finance

During the last few years, Harry Davis Industries has been too constrained by the high cost of capital to make many capital investments. Recently, though, capital costs have been declining, and the company has decided to look seriously at a major expansion program proposed by the marketing department. Assume that you are an assi

Interidiate accounting research case

You are the Controller for Specialty Cars, Incorporated. Specialty is an automotive company that specializes in the manufacture of high-end, unique vehicles designed by its customers. Due to the unique nature of Specialty's business, the company has decided to develop a software program internally to assist in streamlining the m

Income Statement and Balance Sheet of Purchases

Prepare an income statement for Packer, Inc. for 2013, and a balance sheet as of December 31, 2013. Case study is given below: Packer, Inc. was formed on January 2, 2013. Joe Lombardi contributed $40,000 cash in exchange for all 1,000 shares of stock. The same day, Packer signed a lease on office space at a rent of $1,200/mo

Understanding Practical Business and Organizational Research

Choosing an article that either deals with Measuring Performance or Incremental Analysis write an introduction to the article. Include the following sections and include no opinions, judgments, or beliefs about the study. Only present the facts. Topic - State the broad organizational or field of study topic and establish the ov

Cost Considerations and Operating Effectiveness

1. Auditors must decide, based on cost considerations, whether to test the design effectiveness or operating effectiveness of controls. 2. Inquiry alone provides sufficient evidence to support the operating effectiveness of a control.

Netflix and Blockbuster Cost Function Estimation Methods

Develop cost function estimates for Netflix and Blockbuster using : Account classification High-low Regression analysis methods In your opinion, which method best estimates cost functions for both Netflix and Blockbuster? Explain. Which of Netflix's or Blockbuster's costs might you appropriately estimate using the acco

Cost allocation, types of budgets, decision making

1. Why is cost allocation imprecise?? Pick one of the different methods we can use, describe it and the pluses and minuses of that method? 2. The master budget contains three types of budgets. What do you think is the cornerstone (or most critical element) of the master budget? Discuss why? 3. Fundamental to the decis

Current Management Accounting Issue (2013)

Collect and analyze two newspaper or magazine articles relation to management accounting issues. The analysis should include: 1. What specific managerial accounting concepts were discussed or addressed 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts 3. Demonstrate why this article is a good example of the concept You

Cost Accounting: Management Performance

As a financial analyst, you have just been handed the 2012 financial report of Firm A, a large, global pharmaceutical company. Firm A competes in both traditional pharmaceutical products and in evolving biotechnology products. The following data (in billions) on Firm A and the pharmaceutical industry are available. Firm A

Accounting Irregularities at Xerox cases

Review SOX mandates, and determine what protections are currently in place to protect whistle-blowers. Take a position on whether more employees would be willing to blow the whistle on corporate misbehavior due to the provisions for whistle-blowers within SOX. Recommend at least two additional mandates and sanctions that would e

Cost Control

As a production manager, one of your key tasks is to improve efficiencies by either increasing productivity or reducing cost. Determine whether the responsibility reports needed to track performance should be created by department, function, or manager, using a costing method of your choice. Based on the costing method you selec

Which Cost Driver Should American Micro Devices Use?

See the attached file. Y=$9,000/week + ($6 x direct labor hours); R^2=.10 Y=$20,000/week + ($14 x number of boards completed); R^2=.40 Y=$5,000/week + ($350 x average cycle time); R^2=.80 1. Which of the support cost functions would you expect to be the most reliable for explaining and predicting support costs? Why?

Managerial Accounting Decision - Cost Analysis

You have been approached by a potential customer who could bring considerable business. She says, "I'd like to find an alternative vendor for my future orders of 5,000/yr, but their pricing to me must be competitive." Your CFO has supplied you with the following information. Current product standard costs are as follows: $

Managerial Communications Presentation

Scenario You have been asked by the top leadership in your organization to develop a PowerPoint presentation on how the business is doing relative to the previous year. This will include a comparison of the following for this fiscal year and the previous fiscal year: - Employee turnover numbers - Sales - Profits - Expense

Managerial Economics: Cost Function

1. An economist estimated that the cost function of a single product is C(Q)= 50 +25Q+30Q SQUARED+5Q CUBED Based on this information determine: a. The fixed cost of producing 10 units of output. b. The variable cost of producing 10 units of output. c. The total cost of producing 10 units of output. d. The average fixed cos

Some cost management systems

Farragut, Inc., uses activity-based costing to account for its chrome bumper manufacturing process. Company managers have identified four manufacturing activities: materials handling, machine setup, insertion of parts, and finishing. The budgeted activity costs for 2010 and their allocation bases are as follows: Activity Tot

Cost Capital

Please find the questions below the hints Hints for completing the harder questions: Problem 31 is a challenging problem that will call on all of your analytical skills. Remember that this perpetual bond is treated as debt for tax purposes. That means that the cost, kp, will be net of the tax considerations (1 - t), jus

Cost System Choices, Budgeting, and Variance Analyses for Sacred Heart Hospital

Cost System Choices, Budgeting, and Variance Analyses for Sacred Heart Hospital Two Cost Systems Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH) faces skyrocketing nursing costs, all of which relate to its two biggest nursing service lines - the Emergency Room (ER) and the Operating Room (OR). SHH's current cost system assigns total nursing c