Review Exercise 3-1 on page 115 of the text. Compute the company’s predetermined overhead rate and explain the four-step process to compute a predetermined overhead rate. How would this rate be effected if the direct labor hours increased to 25,000? How would the rate be effected if the overhead were to increase to $150,000. Give examples of some of the challenges a manager may have in completing this computation.
EXERCISE 3-1 Compute the Predetermined Overhead Rate [LO3-1] Harris Fabrics computes its predetermined overhead rate annually on the basis of direct labor-hours. At the beginning of the year, it estimated that 20,000 direct labor-hours would be required for the period’s estimated level of production. The company also estimated $94,000 of fixed manufacturing overhead expenses for the coming period and variable manufacturing overhead of $2.00 per direct labor-hour. Harris’s actual manufacturing overhead for the year was $123,900 and its actual total direct labor was 21,000 hours. Required: Compute the company’s predetermined overhead rate for the year.