Ethical Issue Managerial Accounting

Assume that your company sells portable housing to both general contractors and the government. It sells jobs to contractors on a bid basis. A contractor asks for three bids from different manufacturers. The combination of low bid and high quality wins the job. However, jobs sold to the government are bid on a cost-plus basis. This means the price is determined by adding all costs plus a profit based on cost at a specified percent, such as 10%. You observe that the amount of overhead applied to government jobs is higher than that applied to contract jobs. These allocations concern you. Point: Students could compare responses and discuss differences in concerns with allocating overhead.


Write a 400 words memo to your company’s chief financial officer outlining your concerns with overhead allocation.

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