Cost accounting

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, classifying, allocating, aggregating and reporting such costs and comparing them with standard costs".[1] Often considered a subset of managerial accounting, its end goal is to advise the management on how to optimize business practices and processes based on cost efficiency and capability. Cost accounting provides the detailed cost information that management needs to control current operations and plan for the future.[2]

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

  1. ^ "Cost Accounting vs. Managerial Accounting - AccountingVerse". Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. ^ Vanderbeck, Edward J. (February 2012). Principles of Cost Accounting - Edward J. Vanderbeck - Google Books. Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1133187868. Retrieved 2013-03-01.

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