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tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production ad valorem tax , value-added tax , VAT
reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years amortisation , amortization
total cost for all units bought (or produced) divided by the number of units average cost
industrial process for making steel using a Bessemer converter to blast air through molten iron and thus burning the excess carbon and impurities; the first successful method of making steel in quantity at low cost Bessemer process
value at which an asset is carried on a balance sheet; equals cost minus accumulated depreciation book value
increase in cost boost , cost increase , hike , rise
cost of borrowing something borrowing cost
expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes budget items , operating cost , operating expense , overhead
lunch (usually at a restaurant) where business is discussed and the cost is charged as a business expense business lunch
opportunity cost of the funds employed as the result of an investment decision; the rate of return that a business could earn if it chose another investment with equivalent risk capital cost , cost of capital
cost of long-term improvements capital expenditure
opportunity cost of unproductive assets; the expense incurred by ownership carrying charge , carrying cost
index of the cost of all goods and services to a typical consumer consumer price index , cost-of-living index , CPI
average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing) cost of living
excess of cost over budget cost overrun
analysis of the cost effectiveness of different alternatives in order to see whether the benefits outweigh the costs cost-benefit analysis
contract in which the contractor is paid his total cost plus a stated percentage of profit cost-plus contract
cost accounting costing
card (usually plastic) that enables the holder to withdraw money or to have the cost of purchases charged directly to the holder's bank account debit card
bear the cost defray
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