Why Is Cost Classification Important to Managers?

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Cost classification, a process of cost accounting, is important to managers because it helps them make decisions that keep departments on budget and maximize future profits. Cost classification groups put similar costs together to aid in managerial decision-making.

According to About Business Finance, cost classification as a part of cost accounting provides managers with a close look at the fixed and indirect costs of manufacturing products or providing services. Cost classification helps management set up cost control programs to keep expenses down and stay under budget by clearly showing which expenses are inflexible and in what areas savings are possible.