Fixed Cost Accrual (task field)

Data Type    Enumerated (enumerated field: A type of field whose content is selected from a list of predefined choices. For example, in the Accrue At field you can select the way resource costs are accrued from a list that includes Start, Prorated, and End.)

Entry Type    Entered (entered field: A field in which you may type or edit information. This is in contrast with a calculated field, in which Project calculates and enters information.)

Description    The Fixed Cost Accrual field provides choices for how and when fixed costs (fixed cost: A set cost for a task that remains constant regardless of the task duration or the work performed by a resource.) are to be charged, or accrued (accrual method: Determines when the cost for a resource is incurred and when actual costs are charged to a project. You can incur costs at the start [Start] or finish [End] of a task or prorate them [Prorated] during the task.), to the cost of a task. The options are:

  • Start
  • Prorated
  • End

Best Uses    Add the Fixed Cost Accrual field to a task view when you want to view, filter, or edit how and when fixed costs are to be accrued for tasks.

Example    For the "Write proposal" task, there is a fixed cost of $30 for duplication of the finished proposal. The task is to take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If you click Start in the Fixed Cost Accrual field, the $30 is charged on Monday for the task. If you click End, the $30 is charged on Wednesday. If you click Prorated, $10 is charged on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Remarks    The Fixed Cost Accrual field is available by default on the Cost table. The fixed cost is accrued based on percent complete (percent complete: A field that you use to enter or display how much of a task has been completed. This value is expressed as the percentage of the task duration that has been completed.).

You can set the fixed cost accrual default for all new tasks in the Project Options dialog box.

Applies to:
Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Project 2010, Project 2007, Project 2003