Accounting Clerk

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Wes Ruiz
Ms. Cline
20 October 2011

In this paper I will be telling you about a job of an accounting clerk. The scope of an accounting clerk’s job duties often depends upon the size of the company or organization that he works for. For example, small businesses tend to hire “general bookkeepers” to handle all of the financial transactions and record keeping requirements of the business. Essentially, a bookkeeper will perform audits, send out invoices, process payments, issue payroll checks and deal with tax issues on behalf of the company. In large corporations, organizations and governmental agencies, each accounting clerk will take on a more specialized role within the accounting department. For example, an auditing clerk will only be required to handle matters that are relevant to making sure that company records are accurate and compliant with local, state and federal laws. This can contrasted against the duties of a payroll clerk, which would be to deal only with matters relevant to the issuance of employee paychecks and payroll taxation. Each company will differ with regards to the scope of duties that they expect their accounting clerks to perform. However, the trend leans toward generalized duties in smaller companies that have fewer resources and that don’t require a full accounting department, and more focused duties for larger corporations and government agencies that would have more sophisticated accounting needs and greater resources. The specific duties that an accounting clerk is responsible for performing depend largely upon the specific role that the clerk is assigned within a business organization. Some accounting clerks are expected to take on specific duties in payroll, auditing and accounts receivable/payable departments, while others are responsible for general bookkeeping tasks. Those duties include: Operate computers programmed with accounting...
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