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Fiduciary Funds

Reference Number: MTAS-1794
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: October 14, 2015
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According to GAAFR (the Blue Book), fiduciary funds are “used to account for resources that a government holds as a trustee or agent on behalf of an outside party that cannot be used to support the government’s own programs. The fiduciary fund category includes pension (and other employee benefit) trust funds, investment trust funds, private-purpose trust funds and agency funds.” Examples of fiduciary funds a city may have include a law enforcement trust fund and firemen’s pension fund.

There is, in effect, no limit on the number of funds that a city can establish. However, since each new fund adds to the complexity of the city’s financial operations and takes away flexibility, it is advisable to keep the number of funds as low as possible within legal and financial requirements.