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The Accounting division provides processing and reporting of all financial transactions for the City of Iowa City. The division also provides financial controls for departments to help ensure proper stewardship of public funds. Accounting provides services that support management decisions through timely and accurate processing and reporting of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash transactions.

The division processes payments for goods and services and pays all vendors timely and accurately, taking advantage of any discounts offered, monitors the City’s debt and ensures accurate and timely principal and interest payments, and processes and distributes payroll for all City employees accurately and timely. Accounting files quarterly and annual payroll tax returns, receives unmodified opinions on the City’s annual audited financial statements and compliance with requirements described in OMB Circular A-133, and prepares a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in conformance with GAAP that meets the requirements of the GFOA excellence in financial reporting program. The division also requests funds for City programs funded by Federal and State grants on a monthly basis and monitors these funds to ensure compliance with applicable laws and guidelines.