This week we are going to give you all the skills you’ll need to successfully complete your mid-year audit in January. These five steps include the new insurance requirement of having an audit committee. Today we’ll cover step one.
Step 1: Gather all the needed materials
Gather all of the needed materials. Collect all financial books, records and reports from the treasurer, including:
- A copy of the last audit report — this will give you the ending balance for the last completed audit, which is the starting place for this audit.
- Originals of checkbook register, whether handwritten or computer-generated, and cancelled checks (including voided checks)
- Originals of bank statements, bank book for each bank or savings account. Make sure you have the December bank statement before you begin. Reminder: Bank statements should be opened by a non-check signer each month. After a quick review, that person needs to sign and date them before giving them to the treasurer.
- Deposits and supporting documents for all monies received, including cash verification forms
- Authorizations for payment with attached receipts
- Itemized statements and receipts of bills paid
- Monthly Treasurer’s Reports for all monthly board meetings and general association meetings
- Original treasurer’s books/ledgers including backup files if the books are kept on a computer. Reminder: Bank reconciliations also need to be reviewed monthly by a non-check signer and signed and dated by the person who reviews them.
- Financial Report by category for the period of the audit with or without budget comparison
- Copies of board, executive committee and association minutes (including an adopted budget), any amendments that were approved during the year, approval of expenditures, and ratification of payments
- Committee reports from chairmen (e.g., fundraising, membership, etc.)
- Current bylaws and standing rules
- Copy of PTA-required Workers’ Compensation Annual Payroll Report form
- Copies of all required state and federal report forms if PTA hires employee(s)
- Copies of all required federal report forms if PTA hires independent contractor(s)
- Copies of the most recently filed IRS Form 990, California FTB 199 form, and Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Renewal Form RRF-1
Visit the Toolkit to get the two forms you will need:
Once you have everything gathered, it’s time to begin the audit.
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