Advantages and Disadvantages of Absorption Costing System


Advantages and Disadvantages of Absorption Costing System

Learning Objectives:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using absorption or full costing method?

Advantages of Absorption Costing:

  • It recognizes the importance of fixed costs in production;
  • This method is accepted by Inland Revenue as stock is not undervalued;
  • This method is always used to prepare financial accounts;
  • When production remains constant but sales fluctuate absorption costing will show less fluctuation in net profit and
  • Unlike marginal costing where fixed costs are agreed to change into variable cost, it is cost into the stock value hence distorting stock valuation.

Disadvantages of Absorption Costing:

  • As absorption costing emphasized on total cost namely both variable and fixed, it is not so useful for management to use to make decision, planning and control;
  • as the manager’s emphasis is on total cost, the cost volume profit relationship is ignored. The manager needs to use his intuition to make the decision.

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