Kirac Partners a Quebec based public accounting partnership specializes
Kirac & Partners, a Quebec- based public accounting partnership, specializes in audit services. Its job- costing system has a single direct- cost category (professional labor) and a single indirect- cost pool (audit support, which contains all costs of the Audit Support Department). Audit support costs are allocated to individual jobs using actual professional labor- hours. Kirac & Partners employs 10 professionals to perform audit services.
Budgeted and actual amounts for 2012 are as follows:


Required
1. Compute the direct- cost rate and the indirect- cost rate per professional labor- hour for 2012 under
(a) Actual costing,
(b) Normal costing, and
(c) The variation from normal costing that uses budgeted rates for direct costs.
2. Which job- costing system would you recommend Kirac & Partners use? Explain.
3. Kirac’s 2012 audit of Pierre & Co. was budgeted to take 170 hours of professional labor time. The actual professional labor time spent on the audit was 190 hours. Compute the cost of the Pierre & Co. audit using
(a) Actual costing,
(b) Normal costing, and
(c) The variation from normal costing that uses budgeted rates for direct costs. Explain any differences in the jobcost.
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