The costing terminology of the Institute of cost and works accounts,London defines cost asThe amount of expenditure (actual or notional) incurred on or attributable to a given thing. In the words of Harold J.Wheldon,costing is the classifying and appropriate allocation of expenditure for the determination of the coast of products or services,and for the presentation of suitably arranged data for purposes of control and guidance of the management. Direct costs are the costs which can be conveniently identified with and allocated to a particular unit of final product. such costs are treated as the cost of the unit produced. Indirect costs are those costs which cannot be assigned to any particular cost unit, i.e. ,job, product or process. Indirect costs are usually incurred for the business as a whole and are, therefore ,apportioned among the various cost units on some reasonable bases.
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