Asked by: Edivaldo Maione
asked in category: General Last Updated: 14th January, 2020

What is the difference between actual and applied overhead?

Applied overhead is the amount that is added to jobs as work is completed. This is done during the year as work is completed using the predetermined overhead rate and actual activity. Actual overhead is the amount of overhead cost that the company actually incurred.

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In this regard, what is actual overhead rate?

Actual overhead is indirect factory costs that have been incurred. This is essentially all factory costs, except for direct material and direct labor costs. Examples of actual overhead costs are: Equipment maintenance.

Similarly, how do you calculate applied overhead? Multiply the overhead allocation rate by the actual activity level to get the applied overhead for your cost object. If your overhead allocation rate is $100 per machine hour, then multiply $100 times the number of machine hours for a particular product to get its applied overhead.

Keeping this in consideration, why do companies use a predetermined overhead rate rather than an actual overhead rate?

Explanation:The companies use predetermined overhead rates rather than actual manufacturing overhead costs to apply overhead to jobs because the management requires the overhead rate before year end and the predetermined overhead rates are helpful in record keeping as well.

What does Underapplied overhead mean?

Underapplied overhead refers to the amount of actual factory overhead costs that are not allocated to units of production. Underapplied overhead indicates that the actual amount of factory overhead incurred was greater than expected.

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