Flashcards in Governmental Accounting Deck (55)
What are the three major types of funds in governmental accounting?
Governmental, Proprietary, Fiduciary
Which two accounting bases are used in governmental accounting?
Accrual basis - current economic resources focus (revenues recognized when earned)Modified accrual basis - current financial resources focus (revenues recognized when available and measurable)
What is a budget appropriation? Pg. Govt Accouting Class example
The highest amount allowed for a particular expenditure under a budget; what you are authorized to spend
What is an encumbrance? Pg. Govt Accouting Class example
Records purchase and reserves it for the encumbrance; money that is set aside because a lot of people (senators) want to use the money; has to be within the budget
Only includes infrequent spending and not salaries; other wise just:
**No need for encumbrance journal entry
What is the opening budgetary entry?
Dr Estimated Revenues Control
Cr Appropriations Control
Dr/Cr Budgetary Fund Balance (plug)
What is the closing budgetary entry?
Dr Appropriations Control
Dr/Cr Budgetary Fund Balance (plug)
Cr Estimated Revenues Control
What are the types of governmental funds?
Special Revenue Fund
Capital Projects Fund
Debt Service Fund
What is a General Fund?
The operating fund of the governmental unit
Records Significant Revenues: Taxes; Tickets; Fines; Licenses
Records Significant Expenditures: Police; Education; Fire Dept
What is a Special Revenue Fund?
Restricted for a specific purpose such as street repair.
What is a Permanent Fund? Pg. 30-12
Legally restricted fund; where only earnings can be used to fund programs.Principal remains intact.
What is a Capital Projects Fund?
Used to acquire and build facilities.
What is a Debt Service Fund?
Handles repayment of long-term debt and related interest.
Which fund statements are issued in Governmental Accounting? Pg. 30-2
Balance SheetStatement of Revenues; Expenditures; and Changes in Fund Balance => Governmental funds which is part of Fund Financial Statements a major section in Financial Reporting for Govt Accounting
When is Revenue recorded in Governmental Accounting?
When it is BOTH available and measurable; regardless of when it is spent.
What is Derived Tax Revenue?
Money collected from people doing things:
Sales tax (buying cars) or income tax (people working)
What is Imposed Tax Revenue?
Tax assessed just because things exist
Example: property tax on a car (even if it's never driven); real estate tax
Recorded as a revenue when BUDGETED.
Estimated uncollectible property tax revenues don't offset revenues; so don't net them.
What are the types of Proprietary Funds?
Internal Service Funds - to serve the needs of other governmental units (i.e. motor pool)
Enterprise Funds - provide goods or services to external users (i.e. post office)
What are the types of Fiduciary Funds?
Agency Fund - government acts as an agent or custodianPension Trust Fund - Government is a trustee for a pension planInvestment Trust Fund - Government is a trustee over a series of investmentsPrivate Purpose Trust - Trust that benefits various individuals and entities
How are Assets & Liabilities presented on the Statement of Net Position?
Assets (Current & Non-Current)
Deferred Outflows of Resources
Liabilities (Current & Non-Current)
Deferred Inflows of Resources
How are Capital Assets shown on a governmental Statement of Net Assets?
They are shown net of debt
Asset Cost - Accumulated Depreciation - Asset Liabilities : Net Assets
How is infrastructure reported on a governmental Statement of Net Assets?
Reported at cost; no accumulated depreciation
How is a Statement of Net Assets divided?
Into Governmental Activities and Business Activities
How are activities presented in a Statement of Activities?
They are divided by function
If the activities of a component are distinguishable from the rest of the governmental entity; then discreet presentation is required
If the activities of the component cannot be identified and separated from the rest of the governmental activities; then blended presentation is warranted.
Component units are reported in the Entity-Wide Financial Statements and not the Fund Financial Statements.
What is the primary objective of governmental accounting?
To provide information that is useful and benefits a wide range of users including:
Costs of services provided
Sufficiency of revenues to cover costs
Financial position of entity
What Financial Statements are required for Defined Benefit Pension plans?
Statement of Fiduciary Net Position and Statement of Changes in Fiduciary Net Position
What are the components of the Statement of Fiduciary Net Position for Defined Benefit Pension Plans?
Assets; Deferred Outfows; Liabilities; Deferred Outflows; Fiduciary Net Position
What are the components of the Statement of Changes in Fiduciary Net Position for Defined Benefit Pension plans?
Additions (Contributions and Net Investment Income) - Deductions (Benefits Payments and Admin Expense) : Net Change in Fiduciary Net Position
What should be included in the Financial Statement notes for Defined Benefit Pension Plans?
Types of Benefits; Plan Member Classes; Board Information; Investment Policies and FV Determination
Private Business VS Government Revenues Pg. 30-1
a) What type of accounting methods are used and why are they used?
b) Name examples of what the government accrues for? (2)
c) What about bonds?
a) Private: (FASB) accrual accounting which uses the economic resources approach (ie takes away depreciation); utilized because revenues are received VOLUNTARY
Govt: (GASB) modified accrual which uses the financial resources approach; utilized because revenues are received INVOLUNTARY
b) 1) Property Tax (60 days)
2) Grants (intergovernmental revenue: *unrestricted => when approved
*restricted => spent
c) It is considered a SOURCE of funds and not revenue; also "transfer in" are considered sources