Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual: A Blueprint for by Steven M. Bragg

By Steven M. Bragg

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When the procedure is returned, make any additional changes and print out the final version. 4 WRITER Distribute the Procedure Release the procedure to all employees who are on the distribution list for this procedure. File a copy of the revised procedure in the master procedures manual. 1 INTRODUCTION The general accounting manual is intended for the use of the accounting staff, both at the headquarters location and at any outlying locations that may have somewhat less broadbased accounting functionality.

The manual should also include job descriptions for all accounting positions so that each person knows his or her responsibilities. There should also be an activities calendar for each position, which is an extremely useful way to keep the accounting staff informed of their duties on particular days of the month. Another useful addition is a complete set of corporate policies that apply to the accounting department. This information is usually supplemented by an overview of all key process cycles and their supporting procedures, which typically form the bulk of the manual.

4 JOB DESCRIPTIONS A key management task is determining who is responsible for each task. Otherwise there is no way to control the flow of activities or know who should be contacted about fixing problems. The typical departmental structure typically includes one or more assistant controllers reporting to the controller, each of whom is responsible for a selected set of functional areas, such as accounts payable and accounts receivable, or cost accounting and the general ledger. Below these personnel are a number of accountants and clerks.

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