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Accounts Payable Overview: Transition Workshop Guy Wilson May 2008 We will answer these questions: What are the major process changes? How will the new processes work? What are the biggest improvements? What is staying the same? What changes do I need to plan for? General Overview

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we will answer these questions
We will answer these questions:
  • What are the major process changes?
  • How will the new processes work?
  • What are the biggest improvements?
  • What is staying the same?
  • What changes do I need to plan for?
general overview
General Overview

Accounts Payable will utilize two PeopleSoft modules to generate payments:

  • Accounts Payable Module
  • Expenses Module
    • Expense Reports
    • Cash Advance (CA)
    • Travel Authorization (TA)
what are the major process changes
What are the major process changes?

Accounts Payable

  • Direct Payment Request (DPR)
  • All invoices will be sent to AP – including blanket invoices

Expenses

  • NU employee reimbursement process
  • Process for requesting and obtaining advances

General Changes

  • Bursar Cash Advances discontinued
  • Direct deposit of employee reimbursements
how will the new processes work
How will the new processes work?

We will discuss the new processes in three sections:

  • Accounts Payable process
  • Reimbursement process
  • Advance process
direct payment requests dpr
Direct Payment Requests (DPR)
  • Do not require PO
  • Are allowed for certain categories of payments
  • The following categories will require the use of the DPR form:
    • Registration fees
    • Subscription renewals
    • Membership dues
    • Unplanned Equipment repairs
    • Research Subject fees
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Direct Payment Requests (DPR)
  • The following categories will also use the DPR process but will have their own forms:
    • Independent Contractor payments
    • Student Travel Reimbursements
    • Visitor Travel Reimbursements
  • The DPR process cannot be used to pay invoices for the purchase of products that should have been ordered using a PO
reimbursements
Reimbursements
  • NU employee reimbursements will be processed using an Expense Report
  • Visitor, Student and other reimbursements will be processed using Direct Payment Requests
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Reimbursements

For reimbursements:

  • Print completed Expense Report
  • Attach original receipts
  • Obtain supervisor’s signature
  • Business Office applies approvals in workflow and sends documentation to AP
  • AP reviews and applies final approval
  • Payments will be sent to payroll account
expense receipts page
Expense Receipts Page

Tape Original Receipts Here

Tape Original Receipts Here

Tape Original Receipts Here

Tape Original Receipts Here

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Travel Authorizations (TA) and Cash Advances (CA)
  • NU Employee or proxy will prepare a Travel Authorization (TA) online
  • NU employee or proxy will enter an Advance (CA) based on the related Travel Authorization (TA)
  • The completed TA will be printed for supervisor’s signature
  • TA will be routed through workflow for approval and will be sent to AP
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Travel Authorizations (TA) and Cash Advances (CA)
  • Approval of TA will encumber funds
  • AP will apply final approval of CA
  • Payment will be sent to payroll account
  • To reconcile an advance employee will fill out Expense Report and apply CA
  • Advances must be fully reconciled
what are the biggest improvements
What are the biggest improvements?
  • More expeditious payments
  • Automated notification to process Receipts
  • eInvoicing from some iBuyNU vendors
  • Improved vendor code management and tracking
  • Credit processing
  • Direct Payment Requests (DPR)
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What are the biggest improvements?
  • Tolerance will be set at the line level of the PO
  • Freight amount does not affect tolerance limit
  • Longer invoice number field
  • Check-sorting codes used to segregate checks
  • Control Groups will reduce errors
  • Closer relationship with Purchasing
what is staying the same
What is staying the same?
  • University policies
  • AP will review reimbursement requests and receipts
  • Some paper forms and receipts will still be needed
  • All advances must be fully reconciled
  • Travel Exception process
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What is staying the same?
  • Check pick up and enclosures
  • Foreign-currency payments and wire transfers
  • Automatic payments (autopays)
  • Express checks
what changes do you need to plan for
What changes do you need to plan for?
  • Training for Faculty and Staff on these new processes
  • Set up comprehensive approval processes
  • Obtain P-cards
  • Be patient
what questions do you have
What questions do you have?

Contact us at:

projectcafe@northwestern.edu