Question 4: Service department cost allocation (20 marks in total) Inns Battery Company has two serv

Question 4: Service department cost allocation (20 marks in total) Inns Battery Company has two service departments: Maintenance and Personnel. Maintenance Department costs are allocated on the basis of budgeted maintenance-hours. Personnel Department costs are allocated based on the number of employees. Data on budgeted maintenance-hours and number of employees are as follows: Support Departments Production Departments Maintenance Department Personnel Department A B Budgeted costs $180,000 $30,000 $80,000 $120,000 Budgeted maintenance-hours n/a 240 720 240 Number of employees 20 n/a 60 120 Required: 4a. Using the direct method, determine the amount of support department costs to be allocated to Production Department A. 4b. Using the step-down method, determine the amount of Maintenance Department costs to be allocated to Production Department A, if the service department with the highest percentage of interdepartmental support service is allocated first. 4c. Using the reciprocal method, determine the amount of maintenance department costs to be allocated to Production Department A (round up to nearest dollar). 4d. List and explain two possible reasons why a manager might prefer that budgeted rather than actual cost-allocation rates be used when cost is being allocated to his/her department from another department. Use the textbook and/or other relevant resources to support your answer

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