Petty Cash and Change Funds††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† UPPS No. 03.01.16

Issue No. 1

Effective Date: 10/14/2013

Review: June 1 E2Y

 

 

01.         POLICY STATEMENTS

 

01.01The purpose of this UPPS is to establish policies and procedures for creating, managing, reimbursing, and closing petty cash and change funds.

 

01.02A petty cash or a change fund is created through an advance of funds to a petty cash custodian authorized by a university department, center, or other business unit to administer the fund. Justification for the fund must be provided by the department and approval received from the departmentís account manager, dean or director, and the associate vice president for Financial Services (AVPFS) before the fund will be created.

 

01.03Petty cash funds are used to handle small, unanticipated purchases from vendors where immediate payment is required and the formal university purchasing and billing processes are impractical or impossible to use.Petty cash must not be used to pay vendors when a Texas State University purchasing card, purchase order, or payment request form could be used. Departments are strongly encouraged to use the university purchasing card in lieu of petty cash. All petty cash purchases and reimbursements must adhere to university procurement policies and procedures.

 

01.04Change funds are specific amounts of cash kept in departments and used to make change for goods sold or services rendered by the department. A change fund may not be used for expenditures, reimbursements, or to cash checks. This fund is used strictly for making change and should never vary in amount.

 

01.05The custodian must be a full-time employee of Texas State University.Custodians may not be undergraduate students, graduate students, wage, or temporary personnel.

 

01.06Unless specified and approved by the account manager, the departmentís dean or director, and the AVPFS, a petty cash fund or change fund is limited to $250.

 

01.07All petty cash and change fund advances will be recorded in the universityís financial system.

 

01.08Grant accounts and accounts funded by state appropriations are not eligible to use either a petty cash or a change fund.

 

01.09The department requesting a petty cash or a change fund must establish written procedures for cash handling. Written procedures should minimally include authorization of the person to act as custodian, guidelines for the safekeeping of funds, procedures for usage of funds, steps for reimbursement of funds, and procedures for handling shortages including instructions on notifying the University Police, the Office of Audits & Analysis, Student Business Services (SBS), and the General Accounting Office in the event of a loss. Student Business Services will provide guidance on proper cash handling procedures to the Custodian and department as needed.

 

01.10All petty cash and change funds are subject to cash counts or audits, whether announced or unannounced, by Student Business Services, the General Accounting Office, the Office of Audits and Analysis, or the State Auditorís Office.

 

01.11Exception to provisions of this policy may be authorized by a cabinet officer.

 

02.         PROCEDURES FOR CREATING A PETTY CASH OR A CHANGE FUND

 

02.01The account manager must submit a fully approved Cash Account Certification form to the AVPFS that includes the following information:

 

a.    Type, purpose, amount requested, and justification for the fund;

 

b.    Name and title of the Custodian who is responsible for the fund;

 

c.    Accounts to be used to replenish the fund and the name of the account manager;

 

d.    Where the funds will be physically located;

 

e.    How the funds will be secured;

 

f.     Certification by the custodian and account manager that they will comply with all applicable policies and procedures;

 

g.    A justification if the requested amount exceeds the limit established by this policy; and

 

h.    Written cash handling procedures as outlined in Section 01.09 of this policy.

 

If the custodian is the account manager or an approver, that approval must be made by a supervisor at least one level higher.

 

02.02 Once the Cash Account Certification Form is approved by the AVPFS, Accounts Payable will establish the petty cash or change fund using the completed form by issuing a petty cash voucher. The petty cash voucher will be cashed for the custodian at the Cashierís Window.

 

03.         ††PROCEDURES FOR MANAGING A PETTY CASHFUND

 

03.01The custodian is responsible for securing and managing the departmentís petty cash fund. The custodian should have exclusive access to and control of the fund and should be the only person in the department to disburse cash from the fund. When not in use, the funds should always be stored in a secure, locked container with access limited to the custodian.At any point in time, the approved petty cash fund balance should always be equal to the sum of cash on hand plus documented receipts from purchases.

 

03.02It is the responsibility of both the fund custodian and the account manager to limit the use of the fund to legitimate and allowable university related expenses. Both must ensure that all disbursements from a petty cash fund are for expenses for which a detailed, itemized receipt is provided and for which the payment is allowable under university policies. The custodian and account manager will be held responsible for any disbursement that is not in accordance with university policy. Improper disbursements may result in the loss of custodianship, termination of the petty cash fund, and other disciplinary action as appropriate.

 

03.03The following uses of petty cash are strictly prohibited:

a.    Travel

 

b.    Gasoline

 

c.    Alcoholic beverages

 

d.    Registration fees

 

e.    Refunds

 

f.     Personal services, professional services, honorariums, etc.

 

g.    Donations

 

h.    Purchases from university operations (i.e.; Bookstore, Print Shop, etc.)

 

i.      Purchases to be charged to HEAF funds

 

j.      Assets or Controlled Assets

 

k.    License Fees

 

l.      COD shipping costs

 

03.04Texas State University is generally exempt from sales tax on goods and services; however, items of a personal nature such as food, clothing and toiletries are taxable when personally paid. It is the petty cash userís responsibility to claim sales tax exemption at the time of payment, if allowed. The university will not accept liability for unallowed payments of sales tax and will not reimburse the petty cash fund for the tax paid on non-taxable purchases. The Sales Tax Procedure is located at: http://www.txstate.edu/gao/ap/resources/Texas-Sales-Taxes-on-Purchases.html.

 

03.05Both the custodian and the account manager shall be jointly responsible for insuring that funds are properly safeguarded. If a loss or theft of these funds occurs, it must be reported to the University Police and the Office of Audits & Analysis immediately. It is the responsibility of the University Police to conduct the criminal investigation and reports as required within the scope of their authority. The Office of Audits and Analysis will conduct an audit of the fund and submit the audit report to the vice president for Finance and Support Services and the departmentís cabinet officer if outside of the Finance and Support Services division.

 

03.06The custodian must document a count and reconciliation of the petty cash fund no less than weekly to ensure no discrepancies exist. Daily counts and reconciliations are encouraged where practical.

 

03.07Petty cash cannot be used for single purchases exceeding $100. A purchase may not be broken down on multiple receipts to stay within the $100 limit. The fund will be subject to closure for misuse if such activity occurs. Any items exceeding the $100 limit should be purchased with a university purchasing card or processed through the normal procurement or reimbursement processes.

 

03.08Recurring or routine expenditures cannot be processed through petty cash funds.

 

03.09Reimbursements to petty cash funds are processed by submitting a completed Petty Cash Reimbursement Form signed by the custodian and the account manager. Supporting detailed, itemized receipts must be attached to the form and customary, required explanations should be included for each receipt. For example, reimbursement requests for food purchases must describe the purpose of the activity and for whom the food was purchased; the attendees must be identified as faculty, staff, students or external parties; and include details of the items purchased.Accounts Payable will communicate any denied reimbursements to SBS for assessment of the need for a follow-up surprise cash count.

 

03.10All petty cash funds must be reconciled and reimbursed at fiscal year-end.The custodian and the account manager will submit a Petty Cash Reimbursement Form to Accounts Payable no more than six business days and no less than four business days prior to fiscal year end.

 

03.11Annually, the General Accounting Office will assess the utilization of petty cash funds. Petty cash funds which are used infrequently will be closed unless written approval to keep the fund open is obtained from the AVPFS by the custodian and account manager.

 

03.12Petty cash funds are non-transferable. When there is to be a change of custodian, the fund must be closed and the funds returned to the Cashierís Window with the Cash Account Certification Form indicating the closure request. The new custodian must then complete the Cash Account Certification form. The new fund will be established as per Section 02.

 

03.13The General Accounting Office will not reimburse a petty cash fund unless a Cash Account Certificate form is on file indicating the name of the current custodian.

 

04.         ††PROCEDURES FOR MANAGING A CHANGE FUND

 

04.01The custodian is responsible for securing and managing the departmentís change fund. The custodian shall have oversight of the fund and is responsible for ensuring proper cash handling procedures are in place to properly secure the change fund. When not in use, the funds should always be stored in a secure, locked container with access limited to the custodian. At any point in time, the change fund balance must be equal to the sum of cash on hand plus documented overages or shortages.

 

04.02Both the custodian and the account manager shall be jointly responsible for insuring that funds are properly safeguarded. If a loss or theft of these funds occurs, it must be reported to the University Police and the Office of Audits & Analysis immediately. It is the responsibility of the University Police to conduct the criminal investigation and reports as required within the scope of their authority. The Office of Audits & Analysis will conduct an audit of the fund and submit the audit report to the vice president for Finance and Support Services and the departmentís cabinet officer if outside of the Finance and Support Services division.

 

04.03Custodians must document a daily cash count of change funds to ensure no discrepancies exist.

 

04.04Annually, the General Accounting Office will assess the utilization of change funds. Change funds which are used infrequently will be closed unless written approval to keep the fund open is obtained from the AVPFS by the custodian and account manager.

04.05Change funds are non-transferable. When there is to be a change of Custodian, the fund must be closed and the funds returned to the Cashierís Office with the Cash Account Certification Form indicating the closure request. The new custodian must then complete the Cash Account Certification Form. The fund will be established as per Section 02.

 

05.         PROCEDURES FOR CHANGING OR CLOSING A PETTY CASH OR A CHANGE FUND

 

05.01To decrease, increase, or close a petty cash or a change fund, the custodian and account manager must complete a Cash Account Certification form. Prior to closure of a petty cash fund, all supporting receipts must be submitted for reimbursement. For either a change in balance or a closure, a cash count must also be completed by Student Business Services. After completing their cash count, SBS will receipt and deposit any cash exceeding the new balance of the fund or will indicate their approval on the Cash Account Certification Form for a fund increase.

 

06.†††† REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

06.01Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date

 

Associate Vice President for††††††††††††††††††††† June 1 E2Y

Financial Services

 

Treasurer†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† June 1 E2Y

 

Director, Student Business Services†††††† June 1 E2Y

 

Director, Accounting†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† June 1 E2Y

 

07. ††††† CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

††††† Associate Vice President for Financial Services; senior reviewer of this UPPS

 

††††† Vice President for Finance and Support Services

 

††††† President