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Treasurer: Your Unit's Fiscal Manager


Lead the PTA way!

The Treasurer is the authorized custodian of the PTA's funds and receives and disburses all money in accordance with the budget as approved by the General Membership.  This position does not require an accountant, but it does need someone who is organized. This section provides a foundation for policies and procedures governing PTA financial practices.  Sound financial management helps to preserve the trust of your members and ensures that local, State, and National PTAs can fulfill their mission of making every child's potential a reality.

LAPTA is here to help and guide you as needed. The LAPTA Treasurer is Beth Maillho who can be emailed at Please keep in touch!

IRS Federal Tax Filing

For an easy way to file taxes, go to or The annual deadline to file is 4 1/2 months after the close of the fiscal year, which is November 15 for most PTAs. Support documentation and directions from the IRS are available here. The IRS uses to log in which requires a Driver's License and other authentication steps that verify your identity. Make note on your Accounts & Passwords Summary Sheet (see Toolkit for sample) for your predecesors.  

  1. If you had less than $50,000 gross income, then you electronically file the Form 990-N which is very easy and quick to file with only 8 items of basic information: the EIN, tax year, legal name, mailing address, and any other names the organization uses, name and address of a principal officer, website address if one exists, confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are $50,000 or less, and, if applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated.

  2. If your gross income was between $50,000 - $200,000, then you file Form 990-EZ.

  3. If your gross income was over $200,000, then you file the Form 990.

Operating Guidance: School Officials and PTA Funds

Louisiana PTA issued the following Operating Guidance on PTA Funds which can be downloaded below. There is also a letter from National PTA's attorney on the matter.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PTA is an independent association designated by its unique IRS Employee Identification Number (EIN) and governed by its Board of Directors and membership. It is required to uphold a Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience to the local PTA, Louisiana PTA, and National PTA. Its priority and legal obligation with the IRS are to further the mission of PTA.  All local PTAs fall under the Louisiana PTA tax umbrella. The IRS does not classify PTA as an educational organization but as a civic organization with the primary activity listed with the IRS as "Parent Teacher and Student Advocacy." If any of these components are not upheld, then the IRS has the authority to remove the nonprofit status and Louisiana PTA can revoke its charter.  


Commingling of private and public funds is forbidden by the IRS. This is cause for revocation of the nonprofit status and is considered tax fraud if educational and PTA funds are commingled. PTA funds belong to the members, and the general membership as a whole approves the proposed budget and utilization of those funds. The PTA Board of Directors is then responsible for the proper management of the PTA funds.   


A school official (a school employee with authority over teachers) may be on the Board of Directors although not on the Executive Committee as that presents the impression of having undue financial influence over the PTA’s spending. A school official may not be an authorized signer on the PTA accounts. A school employee, and not a school official, may have signing authority on a PTA account only if they are an elected officer of the PTA. The PTA checkbook resides with the PTA Treasurer. A minimum of three authorized bank signatories are required on the bank account with two of these being the President and the Treasurer. 


Bank statements are mailed to the PTA’s permanent address which is the school’s address or are printed electronically. All bank statements are reviewed and signed by a non-signatory as required by insurance providers.  


PTAs annually submit their Active Affiliation Report to LAPTA which includes documentation of IRS tax filing, LA Secretary of State annual filing, current Bylaws, approved budget, insurance declaration page, LAPTA training, and the PTA Audit Report. The audit of the previous year’s financial books is conducted by three or more people who are not authorized signatories. LAPTA reviews all documentation. 

If you have a question or concern that needs clarification, email LAPTA President, Kayla Pagel.

LAPTA Toolkit: Treasurer

View or download the entire Treasurer Toolkit - PDF or Word

View or download a specific section within the Treasurer's Toolkit:

  • Active Affiliation - PDF​ or Word

  • Active Affiliation: Plan of Action - PDF or Word

  • Articles of Incorporation - PDF

  • Audit Committee and Report - PDF or Word

  • Banking and E-Commerce Policy - PDF

  • Binder for Treasurer - PDF or Word 

  • Budget - PDF or Word

  • Budget Approval Form - PDF or Word

  • Budget & Comparison Report Sample - PDF

  • Bylaws Info and Approval Form - PDF or Word

  • Calendar: Dates and Deadlines - PDF

  • CheddarUp and MoneyMinder - PDF

  • Communications and Social Media - PDF or Word

  • Confidentiality, Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Policy - PDF

  • Deposit Form - PDF or Word

  • Donation Receipt - PDF or Word

  • Donation to a School or District - PDF or Word

  • Expense Form - PDF or Word

  • Equipment Purchased by a PTA for Its Use - PDF or Word

  • Fundraising Strategies - PDF or Word

  • Gifts to Schools - PDF or Word

  • Insurance and Bonding - PDF or Word

  • Introduction to Treasurer - PDF or Word

  • Inventory Accountability Form - PDF or Word

  • Leadership Traits - PDF

  • National PTA - PDF

  • NSF Check Sample Letter - PDF or Word

  • Passwords & Accounts Summary - PDF or Word

  • Principles of PTA Financial Management - PDF or Word

  • Responsibilities of the Treasurer - PDF or Word

  • Record Retention - PDF

  • Reports by Treasurer - PDF or Word

  • Resources (Additional) - PDF or Word

  • Retention Plan - PDF 

  • Taxes: Federal - PDF 

  • Taxes: State - PDF 

  • Treasurer’s Overview - PDF or Word

  • Year-End Financial Checklist - PDF or Word




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Frequently Asked Questions

*This will be added to frequently. If your question isn't listed, email Beth Maillho.

Start Up Funds

All budgets must include a Startup Funds line item. This gives a maximum amount that may be spent BEFORE the General Membership approves the annual budget. There is no authorization to spend money beyond the amount in the Start Up Funds until the General Membership has approved the budget. It can be any reasonable amount for expenditures until the budget is approved. The first General Membership meeting of the year should be held as soon as possible, such as at Open House. The puchases that are made do not get entered into this line item but rather into their actual line item. You should enter your amount in the expense and income columns so that there is a net of $0 on the budget. For example:

Carry Forward Balance

The carry forward balance is the amount of money at the start of the fiscal year (which is July 1). There are two ways to account for your carry forward balance on your budget. One way is to have the carry forward balance listed above the budget. MoneyMinder does this. The problem with MoneyMinder is that the starting balance cannot be changed once you set up your fiscal year. The second way to account for the carry forward balance is to make it a line item within the budget. The problem with this is that it is seen as a new income. This comes into play when you do the audit at the end of the year.

Ending Balance

The ending balance is the amount of money the PTA will have at the end of the fiscal year (which is June 30). All money does not need to be spent at the end of the year. You at least need the amount in your Start Up Funds line item. All budgets are supposed to have a year-end net of $0. Therefore, add an Ending Balance line item. To calculate the amount, adjust your budget for all of your other needs. Once everything is done, whatever ending balance you have (assumig it is a positive number and not a deficit), take that amount and put it as an expense in the Ending Balance.   

Free Software

A free alternative software to MoneyMinder is the Wave Financial App. If you use it, email Beth Maillho to give us feedback on it. 

A free alternative software to Microsoft Office is Libre Office. It allows you to read and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.  

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