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2 1 Don’t Lose the Lettuce Cash Handling Procedures Cash Handling Procedures “Don’t Lose the Lettuce” Pepperdine University Cashier’s Office TAC 2 nd Floor, Malibu x4107

3 2 Cash Handling – It’s your job Whether you take in lots of money or … you collect “pennies”

4 3 ……..the principles of good cash handling are basically the same. Documentation Separation of Duties Security Reconciliation Management Review

5 4 What is “Cash” ? Coins Currency Checks Personal Business Traveler’s Cashier’s Money Orders Credit Cards Debit Cards Electronic Payments

6 5 First, lets talk about risk and controls…. Who or what is at risk?

7 6 Risk Cash is stolen Cash is lost Lost revenues No audit trail Posted to incorrect chartfields Finger pointing/Accusations/Disciplinary actions Lost job!

8 7 Risk and Controls Remember – In the cash collecting process, YOU are just as important as the cash……….. The controls (rules) that we will discuss are designed to protect both YOU and the cash you are handling.

9 8 Collecting the Cash How is cash received? Who is going to collect the cash? Who will record the cash?

10 9 Collecting the Cash In Person The cash received must be entered on a cash register, if one is available, and a copy of the receipt given to the customer. If a cash register is not available, then create a dual copy receipt, keep one for balancing, and give one to the customer.

11 10 Collecting the Cash by Mail Mail should be opened immediately, cash payments identified and logged by the designated person opening the mail. Receipt log should be provided to staff for satisfying sales orders or posting data to customer records.

12 11 Separation of Duties The cash collection point must maintain a clear separation of duties. One individual should not have responsibility for more than one of the cash handling components: –Billing –Collecting/Depositing –Reconciling

13 12 Separation of Duties The individual who receipts payments should not: –Be able to reverse payments (reversals should require supervisory override). –Be able to adjust charges on the student account or general ledger.

14 13 “Now that we have collected the cash, what do we do with it?” Secure Balance Deposit Reconcile

15 14 How is cash going to be secured? Cash must be physically protected from loss at all times. Lockable receptacles, with key control and restricted access, must be used. Amounts exceeding $1,500 must be in a fire resistant safe.

16 15 How is cash going to be secured? While in Use… If making change is necessary, each person collecting cash should have a cash box or drawer that no one else uses. When not in Use… Secure the cash box in a locked drawer and limit access. Secure the cash drawer by locking it and limiting access.

17 16 Balancing Every day, all cash receipts must be balanced. Compare the cash (currency, coin, checks, credit card receipts, etc.) to the records (cash register tapes, receipt copies, sales logs etc.) Identify and resolve any discrepancies.

18 17 Depositing to Cashier’s Office A Cash Custodian is responsible for the daily deposits of the department. All deposits must be delivered in a locked cash bag or sealed plastic bag provided by the Cashier’s Office. The locked cash bag with receipts will be returned or ready for pick-up the next business day.

19 18 Preparing the Deposit All deposits must be prepared using the Cashier’s Office deposit forms. Any individual check for $25,000 or more requires a separate Deposit Form and immediate notification to the Cashier’s Office.

20 19 When To Deposit All deposits must be delivered daily, to the Cashier’s Office. A second deposit may be required, before the close of business, whenever the sum of $500 or more is accumulated.

21 20 Reconciliation Verify that all transactions are complete and recorded.

22 21 Cash Custodian Responsibilities Have clear written procedures for cash handling and cashiering functions. Establish an effective internal control system. Delegate responsibility for cash handling, while maintaining proper segregation of duties. Require that staff who handle cash be properly trained and that they follow all of the University’s Cash Handling Policies and Cash Control Procedures.

23 22 Management Responsibilities Review reconciliation on a regular basis, then sign & date documentation review. Prepare and review monthly overage/shortage reports. Look for both frequency and amounts of outage. No matter who is collecting, depositing, and reconciling cash, management is ultimately accountable.

24 23 Cash Handling Procedures The End


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