Petty Cash  Policy and Procedures
Policy Statement <ul><li>The purpose of a petty cash fund is to allow for the reimbursement of minor or emergency business...
Use of Petty Cash <ul><li>Petty Cash should be used for minor, “last minute”  or emergency business expenses where it is i...
Use of Petty Cash <ul><li>Petty Cash  cannot  be used to pay for: </li></ul><ul><li>(or reimburse) honoraria, services, eq...
Establishment <ul><li>Department must demonstrate a true business need </li></ul><ul><li>Each department may establish a P...
Establishment  (cont’d) <ul><li>Check request should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of custodian in the “Payee” secti...
Closing a Petty Cash Fund <ul><li>The custodian must close the fund immediately if the purpose for which the fund was esta...
Changing the Custodian <ul><li>The current custodian must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconcile the Petty Cash fund </li></ul><...
Requesting Reimbursement from the Petty Cash Fund – Non-Human Subjects <ul><li>Submit to the custodian a completed Petty C...
Human Subject Reimbursement <ul><li>For HUMAN SUBJECT reimbursement, the study coordinator should distribute the cash to t...
Use this 3-Ply Form for all Human Subject Reimbursements (avail from IRB) Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
Replenishing a Petty Cash Fund <ul><li>On a monthly basis, or when the fund is low, the custodian should complete a Replen...
Use of Petty Cash Vouchers Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
Use of Petty Cash Logs Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
AP/CAR Replenishment <ul><li>Filling out the Replenishment Check Request </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Description of Services,...
AP/CAR Replenishment (cont.) <ul><li>Entering into AP/CAR (cont.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose proper DAF approver with PC...
Back-Up Documentation Petty Cash Policy and Procedures  <ul><li>NO STAPLES </li></ul><ul><li>TAPE small receipts to one si...
Reconciliation <ul><li>The custodian must reconcile the fund on a monthly basis, weekly if the fund is active </li></ul><u...
Reconciliation Spreadsheet Form Located in Finance Forms Library
Security <ul><li>It is the custodian’s responsibility to provide adequate precautions for the safekeeping of the funds  </...
Questions??? <ul><li>If anyone has any questions, concerns, or comments please contact the AP Service Center  [email_addre...
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  1. 1. Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  2. 2. Policy Statement <ul><li>The purpose of a petty cash fund is to allow for the reimbursement of minor or emergency business expenses in an efficient and cost effective manner. The use of petty cash funds should be limited to reimbursement of faculty, staff, and visitors for small expenses, not to exceed $80. </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  3. 3. Use of Petty Cash <ul><li>Petty Cash should be used for minor, “last minute” or emergency business expenses where it is impractical to be billed, use a P-Card or to have a check issued beforehand. </li></ul><ul><li>Petty Cash funds may only be used for the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For qualifying payments to human subjects engaged in research activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary and reasonable small business transactions, not to exceed $80 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency purchases of office supplies costing $80 or less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary and reasonable food (such as sandwiches and beverages) brought into the office for business meetings, costing $80 or less. Expenses for food exceeding $25 must always be accompanied by original receipts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local carfare, parking, and tolls (all airfare, train tickets, and car rentals are to be submitted through travel and expense reports) </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  4. 4. Use of Petty Cash <ul><li>Petty Cash cannot be used to pay for: </li></ul><ul><li>(or reimburse) honoraria, services, equipment, travel or salary advances, registration fees, business meals outside of the office, personal loans, subscriptions, debit or credit card reimbursements, consultant fees and any other type of service payments, or the cashing of personal checks. </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  5. 5. Establishment <ul><li>Department must demonstrate a true business need </li></ul><ul><li>Each department may establish a Petty Cash fund up to $500 </li></ul><ul><li>Special circumstances that require funds greater than $500 must be approved by the Office of the Controller, Deputy Controller, Financial Reporting & Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Send a check request with a letter of explanation to the Deputy Controller, Financial Accounting 615 W. 131 st St, 3 rd Floor (CUMC departments should send to Office of Controller, CUMC at P&S 2-460 – Attn Raquel Oquendo – Also attach Custodian Consent Form avail from P&S 2-460) </li></ul><ul><li>Letter of explanation should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reason for the fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dollar amount of the fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name and title of the individual who will act as the fund custodian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of how and where the funds will be secured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval by the Department Head </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  6. 6. Establishment (cont’d) <ul><li>Check request should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of custodian in the “Payee” section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To establish a petty cash fund” in the “Description of Service” section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide the FAS account number (use sub-code 4830) and department’s address, phone number, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Petty Cash fund number will be assigned by the Controller’s Office to be used to fund, increase, close, and reimburse the fund </li></ul><ul><li>For each research project, a unique Petty Cash Fund is established </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justify the Human Subject base amount by the following: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Projected subject volume per week/month </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Projected reimbursement amount per subject </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Projected time lag for fund reimbursement </li></ul></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  7. 7. Closing a Petty Cash Fund <ul><li>The custodian must close the fund immediately if the purpose for which the fund was established ends or changes significantly </li></ul><ul><li>Upon completion of the custodian’s employment by the University, the fund must either be closed or a new custodian appointed </li></ul><ul><li>To close an existing fund, deposit any remaining cash in the fund via the FFE Cash Module </li></ul><ul><li>Send a memo along with the approved Cash Module batch number and any petty cash receipts (or replenish the fund and send un-cashed replenishment check) to the Controller’s Office, Financial Accounting </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  8. 8. Changing the Custodian <ul><li>The current custodian must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconcile the Petty Cash fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The new custodian and the department head must sign the reconciliation form (a reconciliation form is available on the web for guidance) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer the fund to its new custodian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide updated custodian information via a memo signed by the department head to the Manager, Financial Ops & Compliance, Office of the Controller, 615 W. 131 st St, Studebaker, 3rd Floor </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  9. 9. Requesting Reimbursement from the Petty Cash Fund – Non-Human Subjects <ul><li>Submit to the custodian a completed Petty Cash voucher or log accompanied by original receipts </li></ul><ul><li>The Petty Cash voucher or log must include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of purchase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Printed name of the person reimbursed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of item purchased, including valid business reason </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For business meals, document the purpose of the meeting and list those in attendance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For transportation, include origin, destination, and business purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dollar amount (NOT to exceed $80) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original receipt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signature of the person who received payment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signature of the custodian who approved the reimbursement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under NO circumstance may an individual, including the custodian, approve his or her own Petty Cash voucher or log, or that of a person to whom they report </li></ul><ul><li>It is the responsibility of the custodian to ensure that each voucher or log is complete, accurate, and accompanied by original documentation </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  10. 10. Human Subject Reimbursement <ul><li>For HUMAN SUBJECT reimbursement, the study coordinator should distribute the cash to the subject and prepare a HIPAA compliant receipt with the following fields for the subject to sign: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Amount paid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protocol name or # </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Account # (on the second copy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check box for “incentive” or “out of pocket exp.” (on the third copy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name and signature of study coordinator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name of study subject * </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Signature of study subject * </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CONTACT IRB FOR ANY UPDATED REVISIONS TO THIS POLICY! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NOTE: * Under HIPAA guidelines, these items are considered confidential subject information and will not be included on the third copy of the receipt, which is submitted to Accounts Payable. </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  11. 11. Use this 3-Ply Form for all Human Subject Reimbursements (avail from IRB) Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  12. 12. Replenishing a Petty Cash Fund <ul><li>On a monthly basis, or when the fund is low, the custodian should complete a Replenishment Check Request </li></ul><ul><li>The Check Request and documentation is to be approved by the DAF with Petty Cash designation authority </li></ul><ul><li>Petty Cash Custodian attaches to Check Request all petty cash vouchers or completed log and original, required receipts taped (not stapled) to 8 ½ x 11 white paper </li></ul><ul><li>Department processes using AP/CAR, then forwards original to AP for audit and review. If acceptable, AP will cut replenishment check in name of custodian. </li></ul><ul><li>Custodian must keep copies of the original documentation for their own departmental files. </li></ul><ul><li>Custodian cashes check, replaces cash back into lockbox. </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  13. 13. Use of Petty Cash Vouchers Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  14. 14. Use of Petty Cash Logs Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  15. 15. AP/CAR Replenishment <ul><li>Filling out the Replenishment Check Request </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Description of Services, write “To Replenish Petty Cash Fund #XXXX” (# can be found on FFE Open Commitments Report) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide appropriate custodian Info (i.e. John Green Petty Cash, Office Address and Mailcode) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign charges to proper account numbers and sub-codes (i.e. 2330), using 8500 sub-codes for “Unallowables” (Do NOT use sub-code 4830 Petty Cash for replenishments.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To expedite the process, select “Check Pick-up” </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  16. 16. AP/CAR Replenishment (cont.) <ul><li>Entering into AP/CAR (cont.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose proper DAF approver with PC authority. (Under NO circumstances may an individual approve his or her own Petty Cash reimbursements or that of a person to whom he or she reports. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval certifies funding availability, compliance, completeness of documentation, and segregation of “unallowables” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure “Accepted Voucher Number”, forward to AP </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  17. 17. Back-Up Documentation Petty Cash Policy and Procedures <ul><li>NO STAPLES </li></ul><ul><li>TAPE small receipts to one side of a piece of paper (Do not tape invoices together) </li></ul><ul><li>Use paper clips (as few as possible) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Reconciliation <ul><li>The custodian must reconcile the fund on a monthly basis, weekly if the fund is active </li></ul><ul><li>Reconciliation ensures the sum of the outstanding reimbursements, cash, and vouchers is equal to the original amount of the fund </li></ul><ul><li>For departments with multiple funds, an overall department reconciliation should be performed quarterly </li></ul><ul><li>The Office of the Controller, CUMC and Internal Audit may perform spot check counts </li></ul><ul><li>A reconciliation form will be available on the web for guidance and/or use </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  19. 19. Reconciliation Spreadsheet Form Located in Finance Forms Library
  20. 20. Security <ul><li>It is the custodian’s responsibility to provide adequate precautions for the safekeeping of the funds </li></ul><ul><li>All Petty Cash must be stored in a secured device, such as a safe or cash box in a locked cabinet </li></ul><ul><li>Only the custodian and the department head should have keys </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commingle funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place University $ in your own personal bank accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribute Petty Cash amongst other individuals (each fund should be maintained in ONE location) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fail to reconcile on a timely basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take University funds to one’s home for safekeeping </li></ul></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures
  21. 21. Questions??? <ul><li>If anyone has any questions, concerns, or comments please contact the AP Service Center [email_address] or call 854-2122. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to website for updated policies </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.columbia.edu/cu/administration/policylibrary/policies/trsy/166.html?base=responsible_office </li></ul>Petty Cash Policy and Procedures

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