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Accounting and System Access Forms

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING 2016 FISCAL YEAR-END CLOSING

Historically the Accounts Payable area has experienced an extremely high volume of payment requests (Expenditure Authorizations, invoices, travel reimbursements and IDT’s) during the month of June.  In an effort to reduce the yearend backlog and comply with the State of South Carolina’s deadlines please adhere to the internal cutoff dates below.

In order to properly record expenses in the appropriate accounting period and prevent extended processing time we are asking departments to refrain from initiating any purchases between June 20, 2016 and June 30, 2016.  You may resume purchases on July 1st P-card transactions may be made until June 17th, but we suggest placing online orders prior to that date to ensure they are received and included on the June statement.  See below for other specific cutoff dates.

1.      Entry of Receivers in Sciquest (for goods physically received prior to June 30):  June 30th

2.      P-card purchases:  June 17th

3.      Expenditure Authorizations:  June 17th

4.      Interdepartmental Transfers:  June 30th

5.      Department Journal Entry Requests:  June 30th

6.      Travel Reimbursements

  • Travel dates 7/1/15 – 4/30/16 – Immediately
  • Travel dates 5/1/16 – 6/15/16 – June 20th
  • Travel dates 6/16/16 – 6/30/16 – July 5th

Travel reimbursements should be submitted on a timely basis when the traveler returns to work, not at the end of the year.  Therefore travel reimbursements for travel occurring between July 1, 2015 and June 15, 2016 that are submitted after June 20th will be processed in the following fiscal year.  All open travel commitments for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 for which no reimbursement request has been received by July 5th will be unencumbered in the system effective with the year-end closing.

Due to the volume of work at fiscal year end the practices of realigning expenses and balancing the bottom line of your indexes late in the year is highly discouraged.  Now is the time to review your budget, make purchases and process other necessary transactions.  Please review open encumbrances and close any that are not valid.  Do not wait until June to make purchases as they may not be received or invoiced until the following fiscal year.  Thank you for your cooperation in making this a smooth year end closing.

Procurement & Controller’s Office

NOTE TO TRAVELERS

Effective January 1, 2016, the Standard Mileage Rate for 2016 Business travel is $ 0.54.  The Travel Authorization and Travel Reimbursement Forms have been updated for the new rate.

For travel occurring January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, the Standard Mileage Rate for Business travel is $ 0.575.

Payments to Nonresident Alien (NRA) vendors

To ensure that the college is in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and Local tax laws, ALL payments to Nonresident Alien (NRA) vendors, who are providing goods, services, or being reimbursed for travel expenses must be reviewed by the Controller's Office prior to any payment being made.  Below are a few highlights, and not meant to be all-inclusive, so please contact the Controller's Office with questions.

  • Each vendor payment request is reviewed separately, as the United States of America (U.S.) does not have a tax treaty with all countries, and different types of payments (Goods, Services, Royalties, Expense reimbursements, etc.) have different rules governing them.
  • Please contact the Controller's Office as far in advance as possible, to ensure enough time to compile and review required documentation, and to ensure timely payment to vendors.
  • ALL NRA vendors, regardless of payment type, are required to submit a form W-8 ("Certificate of Foreign Status...") to the college, which will establish their residency.
    • Form W-8 may be used to claim tax treaty benefits, depending on the type of payment, whether the vendor has a tax identifying number, and whether the U.S. has a tax treaty regarding the type of income with their country.
    • Form W-8 is only valid for a certain time period; generally, the year signed, and the following three years.  New forms will be requested as old forms expire, or if/when the IRS publishes updates to existing forms.
    • Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) is not a substitute for Form W-8 for foreign vendors.
  • If payment is for services performed by the NRA inside of the U.S. (U.S. sourced income), even if under a contract to purchase goods (i.e. installation and training), additional forms may be required.  If a tax treaty benefit is being claimed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires a mandatory 10-day review period by their office, prior to payment being made.

Accounting Forms

 Finance System Security, Access, and Maintenance Forms

  • Chart of Accounts Maintenance Request Form
  • Self-Service Banner (SSB) Authorization Request Form (NOTE:  An Index/FOP Access Form form for each index that the employee will require access to, or be approver for, must be submitted with the SSB Form.)
  • Index/FOP Access Form (NOTE:  Each Index/FOP Access Form submitted supersedes all previous forms; please ensure that all who will need access to, or be approvers for, each index are listed, and all required signatures obtained.)
    • EVERY TIME an EVP, Academic Dean, Chair, Director, Department Head, or Principal Investigator who has financial oversight responsibilities for an index changes, a new Index/FOP Access Form is required to be submitted noting the change.
    • EVERY TIME an employee has access added/removed, changes roles, changes departments, leaves the college, or is no longer responsible for financial activity of an index, a new Index/FOP Access Form is required to be submitted noting the change.