Cost Accounting Definition and Purpose

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Explain the purpose of cost accounting according to the Institute of Management Accountants.

Cost accounting is defined by the Institute of Management Accountants as 'a systematic set of procedures for recording and reporting measurements of the cost of manufacturing goods and performing services in the aggregate and in detail. It includes methods for recognizing, allocating, aggregating and reporting such costs and comparing them with standard costs.'

What is the end goal of cost accounting?

The end goal of cost accounting is to advise the management on how to optimize business practices and processes based on cost efficiency and capability.

How does cost accounting support management?

Cost accounting provides the detailed cost information that management needs to control current operations and plan for the future.

What is the primary function of cost accounting in relation to financial accounting?

Cost accounting information is also commonly used in financial accounting, but its primary function is for use by managers to facilitate their decision-making.

When did modern cost accounting originate and why?

Modern cost accounting originated during the industrial revolution when the complexities of running large scale businesses led to the development of systems for recording and tracking costs to help business owners and managers make decisions.

Learn about the definition and purpose of cost accounting, a systematic set of procedures for recording and reporting measurements of the cost of manufacturing goods and performing services. Understand its role in advising management on optimizing business practices.

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