Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review of petty cash amount- potential financial loss

As an auditor, we should also review the reasonableness of petty cash amount held by individual. Petty cash are generally held by invidiual (usually employees of a company) for disbursement of daily expenses / urgent payment when necessary.

Nevertheless, an individual shall not hold petty cash amount far exceeded the amounts required. This is because there is potential risk that individual may mis-appropriate the funds and resulted in financial loss to the Company.

As a result, management should exercise control to review the budgeted petty cash outflow for the month and furnish this petty cash to the person in-charge. It is not ideal for the Company to disburse significant cash amount to an individual. The Company can always top-up the petty cash amount when requested.

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