Historical Cost Accounting: Definition, Method & Advantages


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Historical cost is the _____.

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1. Why is historical cost useful as an accounting method?

2. ABC Company buys a used piece of machinery for its warehouse. The machine cost $100,000 to purchase and $10,000 to have installed. ABC got a great deal on this piece of machinery; a brand new machine would have cost $150,000. Under historical cost accounting principles, what is the value of the machinery that will be recorded as an asset?

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Determine what you know about historical cost accounting with the quiz and attached worksheet. You'll answer questions on things like what historical cost is and why it is useful.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will show if you're able to accomplish the following:

  • Interpret historical cost accounting principles in a given scenario
  • Identify a proper definition for historical accounting
  • Understand how to find the value of an asset with regard to historical accounting

Skills Practiced

Use these resources to practice the following study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on historical cost accounting
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of historical accounting and how it is connected to the value of an asset
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what historical accounting is and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how this principle is useful

Additional Learning

Discover more about this subject with the lesson called Historical Cost Accounting: Definition, Method & Advantages. The lesson will adhere to the following study points:

  • Apply historical accounting principles
  • Explain what it means for financial statements to be comparable
  • Identify the advantages of historical cost accounting