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(Solved) (Latest ver. Aug 2020) - Mixed Costs in a Service Business vs. a Manufacturing Business

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As the management accountant preparing the budget for the upcoming year, you know how important it is to properly classify costs as being fixed, variable, or mixed. As you are expecting to be promoted to headquarters soon, you want to leave a procedure manual for your junior accountants to have handy for future reference.

While the junior accountants all have a good understanding of assessing variable and fixed costs, they have no idea of how, in the past, you have handled mixed costs: those with a fixed component and a variable component.

You plan to write a how-to manual describing what mixed costs are and an example of how to determine how much of it is fixed vs. variable.

In your manual, include the following:

Define mixed cost.
Give an example of a mixed cost in a
- service business.
- manufacturing business.
What is wrong with just treating the mixed cost as being all variable or all fixed?
Using the high-low method, determine how much of the following mixed cost is variable versus how much is fixed.

Historical Data for Factory Utility Costs:
(including a month in which the plant was shut down for vacation)

Monthly Units Produced Total Utility Costs
1,000 $15,000
1,100 $16,000
0 $5,000
800 $13,000

* Define mixed cost.
* Give an example of a mixed cost in a
- service business.
- manufacturing business.
* What is wrong with just treating the mixed cost as being all variable or all fixed?
* Using the high-low method, determine how much of the following mixed cost is variable versus how much is fixed.

Historical Data for Factory Utility Costs: (including a month in which the plant was shut down for vacation).

 







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