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What is Budget Variance Analysis?
A variance a difference between actual and forecast figures is a signal that revenues or spending did not go according to plan. If the variation represents overspending, moreover, it is warning there may be problems paying future expenses. Variance analysis attempts to find the reasons that actual figures were over or under forecast so that either Corrective action can be taken to reduce variances in the future, an exercise in static budgeting.
Budget authorities can adjust budgets for future spending as necessary the practice of flexible budgeting. Sign Conventions in Variance Analysis Confusion sometimes arises in variance analysis because two different conventions for calculations commonly used.
Under this approach, a variance greater than zero always means actual spending was higher than the budgeted amount. Convention 2 Some entities such as the Project Management Institutehowever, recommend using the above rule for revenue, but reversing the order for expense items: Variance Analysis Step 1: The Variance Report In many companies, variance analysis becomes especially important in planning for two areas: Direct and indirect manufacturing costs.
Sales revenues and sales costs. The simple example below is meant only to illustrate the nature of the task. Variance analysis typically begins with variance reports at the end of each month, quarter, or year, showing the difference between actual spending and forecasted spending.
The variance is 7. Managers will probably call for variance analysis when a significant budget item turns out substantially over budget.
In this case, to understand why quarterly spending on hourly wages is 9. Variance Analysis Step 2: The next step in variance analysis is to identify the components of the cost item manufacturing overheadand sources of variance within them.
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The table above lists six line item components. Note that some of these are fixed costs, and others are variable costs. Fixed costs are in principle should not depend on manufacturing volume and should be more predictable than variable costs.
The analyst will want to find the reason for the unexpected variance for management salaries.
Variance Analysis Step 3: Finding Variance Causes for Fixed Costs A closer review of quarterly expenditures reveals the source of these fixed cost variances.
It turns out that during the quarter, the four managers involved took a total of two weeks of sick leave with pay. As a result, other managers had to cover for them.
Here, there was an unexpected increase in insurance premiums during the quarter. Usually, variances in fixed costs are due to: Surprising problems or emergencies Underestimated need for utilization of fixed cost resources Variance Analysis Step 4: The large-variance elements are Hourly wage costs 9.
Of these, the hourly wage variance draws attention first because it represents a substantial part of the overall Manufacturing overhead variance.From the first e-Activity, discuss at what point the budget analyst should decide when the product should be terminated during the life cycle analysis.
Justify your response with reasons and an example.
LCC or Life Cycle Costing uses other methods other than annual cost figures of a product or program over the%(7). Discussion 1 •From the first e-Activity, discuss at what point the budget analyst should decide when the product should be terminated during the life cycle analysis.
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