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Taxmann Cost Accounting for B.Com by Sneh Lata Gupta Edition 2024

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Taxmann Cost Accounting for B.Com by Sneh Lata Gupta Edition 2024

Taxmann Cost Accounting for B.Com by Sneh Lata Gupta Edition 2024


This comprehensive guide to Cost Accounting is designed to introduce readers to the fundamental principles and practical applications of cost accounting, catering specifically to the syllabus requirements of B.Com. (Hons) under the National Education Policy (NEP) at the University of Delhi. The book aims to foster cost awareness among manufacturing enterprises to optimize profits through precise cost ascertainment and efficiency in cost control within a competitive landscape.

This book is a valuable resource for commerce and accounting students, including the following:

  • B.Com. (Hons.) under the New Education Policy (NEP) for the University of Delhi
  • B.Com. (Hons.) | Paper DSC 4.2 under NEP for the University of Delhi
  • Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB)
  • School of Open Learning (SOL)
  • Various Universities Throughout India

This book aims to provide a solid foundation in cost accounting principles while bridging theoretical knowledge with practical problem-solving skills.

The Present Publication is the Latest 2024 Edition, authored by Dr Sneh Lata Gupta, with the following noteworthy features:

  • [Comprehensive Topics Covered as Per NEP] The book discusses a wide range of topics, which include:
    • Basic Cost Accounting Concepts
      • Limitations of Financial Accounting
      • Objectives
      • Differences Between Cost and Financial Accounting
    • Advanced Topics
      • Activity-Based Costing
      • Single or Output Costing
      • Job Costing, etc.
  • [Clear Explanations and Practical Examples] This book aims to ease the complexities of cost accounting in a systematic and coherent manner
  • [Latest Developments in Various Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)] is included in this book regarding the treatment of cost items and their presentation in the statement of cost
  • [Practical Approach] With an emphasis on real-world applications, the book includes discussions on material control, inventory systems, labour cost accounting, overhead classification and absorption, and specifics of service costing, among others
  • [Specialized Topics] including the reconciliation of cost and financial accounts and the nuances of integral and non-integral accounting systems, offering the readers a nuanced analysis of the intricacies of cost accounting frameworks
  • [Learning Objectives] at the beginning of each chapter to give a broad framework about the topic given in this book
  • [Charts & Graphs] along with diagrammatic presentations of certain concepts is included in this book to make it more understandable
  • [Illustrations and Solved Problems] at the end of each chapter is included in this book

The detailed contents of the book are as follows:

  • [Introduction to Cost Accounting] This chapter begins with an overview of basic concepts and terms, contrasting financial accounting with cost accounting to highlight the latter’s significance and development due to the limitations of financial accounting. It outlines the objectives, advantages, and drawbacks of cost accounting, differentiating it from financial accounting and discussing methods, techniques, and the design of cost accounting systems
  • [Material Cost] This chapter discusses materials control, stages of material control, inventory systems, and techniques for effective inventory control. It covers methods for pricing the issue of materials to production and addresses material losses, offering strategies for managing and controlling material costs
  • [Employee Cost] This chapter examines the accounting and control of labour costs, detailing the roles of different departments such as personnel, engineering, time-keeping, payroll, and cost accounting. It also covers the treatment of special labour items and various methods of wage payment
  • [Overheads] This chapter focuses on classifying, segregating, distributing, and absorbing overhead costs. It explains the computation of machine hour rates and the distribution of factory, office, and selling and distribution overheads, along with dealing with under or over-absorption of overheads and capacity levels
  • [Activity-Based Costing (ABC)] This chapter introduces the features, key terms, and steps of ABC. It discusses the benefits and weaknesses of this costing method, which aims to provide more accurate cost information by assigning costs to activities based on their use of resources
  • [Single or Output Costing] This chapter covers the procedures and types of cost sheets, objectives, treatment of stocks and scrap, and the production account, providing insights into the costing techniques for single or mass production scenarios
  • [Job Costing] This chapter details the features and procedures of job costing, including simultaneous recording in cost or integrated ledgers, catering to the costing needs of jobs or batches that require unique cost-tracking
  • [Contract Costing] This chapter explores the specifics of contract costing, distinguishing it from job costing and outlining the procedure and specific concepts used, suitable for long-term projects with distinct stages
  • [Process Costing] This chapter discusses the comparative aspects of job and process costing, procedures, handling of work-in-progress (WIP), and the preparation of process accounts, addressing manufacturing processes with continuous production
  • [Operating Costing (Service Costing)] This chapter examines the characteristics, determination of cost units, and transport costing within the context of service industries or organizations where services, rather than goods, are produced
  • [Non-Integral and Integral Accounting Systems] This chapter presents features of both non-integrated (interlocking) and integrated accounting systems, including cost control accounts, reconciliation of cost and financial accounts, and the requirements for introducing an integrated system
  • [Reconciliation of Cost and Financial Accounts] This chapter introduces the necessity of reconciling cost and financial accounts, attributing the differences to factors such as stock valuation, overheads, and accounting periods. It proceeds to explain the methods of reconciliation, presenting a structured approach for aligning the figures reported in cost accounting with those in financial accounting
  • [Integral Accounting System] This chapter transitions into the concept of an integral accounting system. This segment starts with an overview of what constitutes an integrated system and its pivotal role in streamlining accounting processes. It highlights the features of such a system, including the seamless integration of cost and financial accounting functions, which eliminates the need for separate books and reconciliation processes. The ‘third entry method’ is discussed to facilitate this integration, emphasizing its utility in maintaining comprehensive and consistent financial records. The discussion further elaborates on the advantages of adopting an integrated accounting system, such as improved efficiency, reduced errors, and enhanced decision-making capabilities by providing timely and accurate financial information. It concludes by outlining the basic requirements or prerequisites for introducing an integral accounting system within an organization, offering guidance on the foundational steps necessary to transition towards a more cohesive and efficient accounting framework

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About the author

Sneh Lata Gupta

Dr Sneh Lata Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commerce at Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, bringing over three decades of teaching expertise to her role.

Her academic journey commenced with a B.Com. (Hons.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, after which she advanced her studies with an M.Com. and M.Phil. from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her pursuit of academic excellence culminated in earning a PhD from the University of Rajasthan. In addition to her impressive academic credentials, Dr Gupta is also a certified Cost Management Accountant.