The Board Treasurer, 2nd Ed.
Roles and Responsibilities in Community Associations

ISBN: 978-159618-076-5
2014, 36 pages
2nd edition
Author(s): Howard Goldklang
Product Format: Book
Item #: 0765
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Don’t let the title fool you—the financial information this guide offers will be of interest to managers, volunteer leaders, informed homeowners and even the financial professionals who serve them. For example:

 Some association records must be kept indefinitely and others can be tossed at the end of the year.

 Only two types of investments are appropriate for associations that strive for safety and liquidity.

 Associations have tax filing alternatives, and they can use a different one each year to suit their circumstances.

 All associations, regardless of size, should have an audit performed each year.

 Board meeting minutes should document financial activities like transferring funds, changing signatures on a bank account and writing off assessments.

 Associations whose delinquencies amount to three percent or less of total annual assessments are considered to be in excellent financial health.

 Some associations must pay—not only income taxes—but personal property taxes, real estate taxes and payroll taxes.

 If an owner takes out a personal home-equity loan to pay a special assessment, the interest might be tax deductible for the homeowner.

 Borrowing to pay for big-ticket projects allows the association to maintain its reserves and increase assessments gradually and uniformly over the life of the loan?

All this—and more—can be found in The Board Treasurer, Roles and Responsibilities in Community Associations, 2nd edition.

Contents

Chapter 1—Maintaining Association Accounts
Understanding the Basic Financial Statements
Cash versus Accrual Accounting
Interpreting Accounting Information
The Treasurer as Accountant to the Community
The Treasurer as Internal Auditor to the Community
Replacement Reserves
Selecting the Association’s Certified Public Accountant
The Annual Audit
Association Tax Filing Alternatives
Capitalization Policy for Association-Purchased Assets

Chapter 2—Working with the Board and the Owners
The Annual Meeting
Keeping Track of Individual Unit Owner’s Basis
Board Meeting Minutes
Collecting Delinquencies
Selecting the Association’s Management Agent
Records Retention

Chapter 3—Budgeting for the Association
Borrowing to Fund Major Projects

Appendices
Appendix 1— Sample Independent Auditor’s Report of an Association’s Financial Statements
Appendix 2— Sample Representation Letter
Appendix 3— Sample SAS 114 Communication Letter
Appendix 4— Sample SAS 115 Internal Control Letter
 
 
Excerpt
 
Introduction: Background and Key Points
 
You want to serve your community. You run for the board of your association and you're elected. At your first board meeting, you're appointed to the office of treasurer. You know that as treasurer you hold a critical position within the community. But you are unsure of the responsibilities of the position.
 
This guide is written specifically for the treasurer. However, the information and guidelines on critical areas of community association financial activity that it contains will be of interest to anyone involved in community associations—managers, volunteer leaders, informed homeowners, and even the financial professionals who serve them. Some of these areas include: investments, reserves, financial statements, income taxes, budgets, borrowing, and special assessments. This report helps volunteer leaders decide what to do and who to turn to for financial advice. With this information, the treasurer and members of the finance committee can voice the financial needs of the community.
 
Key Points
 
The treasurer is the financial voice of the board and the community.
 
The treasurer is the board's liaison to the association's auditor. He or she should monitor the progress of the annual audit. Make sure that appropriate tax returns are filed on time.
 
The treasurer should implement a reserve program based on an engineering study and make sure it has adequate funding.
 
The treasurer should ensure the implementation of an annual operating budget.
 
The treasurer should implement safeguards to protect association assets.
 
 
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