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Tracing manufacturing overhead to jobs

Why aren't actual manufacturing overhead costs traced to jobs just as direct materials and direct labor costs are traced to jobs?

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We would not be able to feasibly trace actual manufacturing overhead to individual jobs due to the nature of manufacturing overhead. With direct materials and direct labor, we can trace the cost to the jobs. We know ...

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This solution explains why manufacturing overhead costs can or cannot be traced to individual jobs or units in the same manner that direct materials and direct labor are traced to individual units.