Finance Advisory Committee – March 2023

By Robert O. Jester
Finance Advisory Committee Chair

As published in The View, March 2023:

Is there an annual review of the financial records of this Association by an outside independent Certified Public Accounting firm?

The short answer to this question is YES. But why it is done and what is reviewed is far more enlightening for you, as a resident of Sun City Shadow Hills. The California Civil Code Section 5305 requires a review of the Association financials by a licensed accountant and further requires that the Association financial records must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). After the review, the report on the audit is to be distributed to residents within 120 days after the close of each fiscal year.

Sun City Shadow Hills contracts with an independent, licensed, certified public accounting firm annually for this review. The accounting professionals who conduct the review request the following as a part of the examination that culminates in the final audit report:

  • Cash and Investments – This includes the Bank reconciliations for all cash accounts with supporting bank statements. Plus, a schedule of all cash transfers between bank accounts for a period 5 days before and after the year-end.
  • Accounts Receivable – This is a detail listing and/or ledgers of all accounts receivable, as well as an analysis of all bad debts written off during the year.
  • Inventory – This is a listing of all inventory accounts with supporting count sheets from all departments, which must agree with the general ledger balances.
  • Prepaid Expenses – A schedule of all pre-paid expenses, which must agree with the general ledger. This includes all insurance premium billings, which will be reviewed by the audit team.
  • Fixed Assets-- This is a review of the details with reference to all fixed assets and the accumulated depreciation at December 31st.
  • Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities – This includes a review of all accounts payable, accrued liabilities, sales tax returns, and the cash disbursements journal.
  • Payroll and Related Liabilities – The schedule of all accrued payroll and vacation.
  • Unearned Income/Deferred Revenue – This is the schedules and reconciliations of all unearned income, including gift certificates.
  • Long-term Liabilities – Schedules of all long-term liabilities and capital lease obligations with statements reflecting current balances
  • Income and Expenses – This request is for the gains and losses on all assets disposed of during the year and copies of all check registers.
  • Income Taxes – This includes fuel tax credits review and total tipped wages.

As you can easily see, this is an exhaustive list of financial records that are reviewed annually, as required by the Davis-Stirling Act. The goal of these audits is to assure residents that the Association is functioning accurately, openly, ethically, honestly, and that the financial records are following GAAP. All of us should feel very secure in that the Association’s Financial records are under constant monthly review from the Finance Advisory Committee and the Board and an annual review by an outside independent licensed Certified Public Accounting Firm.

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