88-03 : Accounting for Interest on Client Trust Funds
There appears to be some confusion among members or law firms as to the proper procedures to be followed in accounting for interest earned on funds invested in daily interest accounts, term deposits, etc. on behalf of individual clients, where the interest earned is payable to the client.
The Society will consider that the minimum compliance to rules respecting interest have been satisfied if the member or law firm adopts the following procedure:
Daily Interest Accounts
Interest earned on daily interest accounts is to be recorded and credited to the client’s trust ledger at the time the account is closed and the funds returned to the pooled trust account, provided that
1. at the member’s or law firm’s year end, the member or law firm will record the interest accumulated to that date on all outstanding daily interest accounts, and
2. each monthly listing of daily interest accounts is supported by an up-to-date bank statement for each client.
Term Deposits or Guaranteed Investment Certificates
Interest earned on term deposits or guaranteed investment certificates must be recorded and credited to the client’s trust ledger at the time it is credited by the bank, trust company or credit union.
[Updated August 2022]
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