The second milestone is a rough draft of the second artifact for your professional portfolio, a sample audit. The sample audit will consist of three main parts: the business risk analysis, the sample audit program, and the report of recommendations. This will be graded using the rubric at the end of this document and is an opportunity for you to organize your thoughts and receive feedback from your instructor for the final submission. Note that the submission guidelines for this milestone are less demanding than those for the final submission. Once you have submitted this milestone and received feedback from your instructor, it is up to you to incorporate this feedback and complete the artifact by meeting the submission requirements found in the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document
Newham Company Information
Newham Company is a publicly traded company operating in the “personal product” industry. Newham manufactures cosmetic and body-care products. These products are sold to large department chain stores, such as Target and Walmart, to be sold and distributed to the final consumer. Competitors include Revlon, Inc. (REV – NYSE) and Avon Products, Inc. (AVP - NYSE).
Newham Company has experienced steady growth over the past several years. Recently, there has been a change in executive management, including the CEO and CFO. The change was sparked by questionable bonus payments that were paid to the executive management team based on the company’s performance. In addition, a recent lawsuit has been filed based on claims that a new product was not properly advertised, leading many customers to experience allergic reactions
Sales and Accounts Receivable
A sample of weekly sales invoices shall be analyzed from the sales report by product category. All sales are on account. Sales are classified into four product categories: cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care. Charges to customer accounts should be dated with the date of shipment.
Sales invoices are prepared in batches on a daily basis using numbered sales invoices. Sales invoice numbers are automatically generated by the company’s computer system. The accounts receivable clerk does not have appropriate computer rights to override the computer-generated invoice number. Upon preparing sales invoices, the accounts receivable clerk verifies that the first invoice number of the batch is consistent with the last invoice number of the previous batch. Inconsistencies or skipped sales invoice numbers are investigated and resolved before new sales invoices are prepared. The items shipped are compared to the items billed for proper quantity, price, and other sales order terms.
The accounting department supervisor compares and reconciles a copy of the daily sales invoice batch report to the daily accounts posting report indicating the individual accounts. The daily account posting report is prepared and sent by the accounts receivable department. Discrepancies are investigated and resolved to help assure that the customer subsidiary accounts are posted for the same total amount posted to the control account. At the end of each month, the total of the trial balance of customer account balances (prepared by the accounts receivable department) are reconciled to the general ledger control account by the accounting department supervisor.
Sales invoice batches are dated with the date of shipment, and totals of each batches are accumulated each month and recorded in the accounts receivable control and sales revenue accounts. The accounting department supervisor approves all monthly summary entries before posting to the general ledger.
The controller approves all cash refunds and allowance credit memos for sales returns, after initiation by customer service.
The monthly bank statements are mailed to the controller’s office. Duplicate deposit slips are retained and used when bank deposits are made, the cash receipts journal listing, and the cash disbursements listing to reconcile the general bank accounts. The payroll bank account is also reconciled, utilizing the payroll register retained by the controller’s office
The assistant controller oversees all cash management and activity, including the performance of the bank account reconciliation for each bank account held by the company. The assistant controller compares the cash receipts journal and daily deposit records with the bank deposits and duplicate deposit slips during the bank account reconciliation