Procedure 2-90-2

Completing Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursements [On 8-13-2016]

Responsible Officer: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President

Sponsoring Department: Procurement Services

Revision Date: 08 August 2016

Errors or changes to: aim@uta.edu

Procedure Objective

Procedure 2-90 provides procedural guidelines of what documents to complete and what supporting documentation to submit for reimbursement of business travel expenses. The document to complete for travel reimbursements is the Expense Report which is prepared in UT Share. Original receipts for certain expenses will need to accompany the expense report. This procedure does not apply to UTA employees or students traveling for personal reasons with personal funds.

Rationale

University travel conducted and expenses incurred must comply with the Travel Regulations Act, comptroller rules, travel provisions of the General Appropriations Act, the Texas Procurement and Support Services contract requirements, and the procedures of the University. For certain travel expenses, proof of payment must be documented to validate that the expenses were actually incurred and appropriate. Travel expense reports and supporting documentation must meet the criteria set forth by the University Travel Procesures. It is important to correctly prepare the expense reports because they are subject to state audits and examinations. Lastly, proper internal control procedures must be in place to ensure that an individual does not approve disbursement of funds to themselves.

Scope

All UTA employees, prospective employees, students and non-employees who are traveling for UTA business and/or university employees responsible for completing travel reimbursement documentation.

Website Address For This Procedure

Related Statutes, Policies, Requirements or Standards

UT System Administration Policies and Standards
Other Policies and Standards

Texas Travel Regulations Act Chapter 660 of Texas Government Code
Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.22, State of Texas Travel Guidance
Request for Travel Authorization and Obtain Permission to Travel (Procedure 2-80)
Meals, Lodging, Incidental Expenses and Other Fees for Travel for State Appropriated and Local Funds(Procedure 2-86)

Contacts

If you have any questions about Procedure 2-90, Completing Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursements, contact the following departments:

SubjectOffice NameTelephone NumberEmail/URL
All topics in procedureProcurement Services817-272-2194travel_help@uta.edu
http://www.uta.edu/policy/bac/travel
Website accessAdministrative Information Management817-272-0222aim@uta.edu
http://www.uta.edu/aim

Definitions

UT Share: The computerized financial system used at UTA.

Personal Expenses: Expenses that benefit the employee or spender only and do not benefit the university either directly or indirectly. Also, includes inappropriate or excessive expenses that appear to be university related.

Expense Report: This is used in UTShare to reimburse business travel expenses. The expense report is used to provide a detailed record of the travel expenses as well as identify the nature of the business conducted.

The Travel Authorization: This is used in UTShare to authorize travel for employees, prospective employees, students, and non-employees who are traveling for UTA business.

Responsibilities

The Traveler
  • Does NOT approve disbursements of funds to themselves

  • Enters all travels costs and submits UTShare Expense Report no later than 60 days after the last date of travel

  • Keeps necessary original receipts when traveling

  • Attaches necessary receipts when submitting an expense report.

Procedures

 

Section I. Internal Control

Proper internal control procedures require that an individual not approve disbursements of funds to themselves. An individual receiving reimbursement or payment may not approve their own expense report. Individuals receiving reimbursement or payment will forward the online approval form to their supervisor for approval.

Section II. Expense Reports

The Expense Report is prepared when reimbursing business travelexpenses. This report is created in UT Share Travel and Expense.

  1. Expense reports are Processed Electronically:
    1. Information for Expense Report: The form must contain information stating:
      1. The point or origin and the town, place or point of destination of each trip and the reimbursable mileage traveled between each town, place or point (including intra-city)
      2. The actual period of time away from designated headquarters, i.e. the dates of travel.
  2. Support Documentation: Complete the online approval form. It certifies that the travel expenses reported are true and unpaid. Attach the original receipts to the expense report in UT Share.
    1. For information on what receipts to submit to Travel Services see Section V. Receiptsof this procedure or contact Travel Services.
Section III. Timing

Every effort should be made to submit your expenses for reimbursement as soon as possible after incurring the costs in order to eliminate any confusion that might occur due to invalid chartfields, unavailable funds, or reporting periods.

An Expense Report is required to be completed no later than 60 days after the last date of travel. If the timeline is not met, the traveler must submit documentation stating why the Expense Report was not completed by the due date.

Expense Reports submitted 120 days after the last day of travel may not be reimbursed by the university.

If a travel advance was used to pay for travel related expenses, the traveler may be taxed on any unsubstantiated and unreturned amounts over 60 days.

Section IV. Cancellation or Change Charges

A cancellation or change charge is reimbursable only if the charge is incurred for a business-related reason or because of adverse weather conditions or a natural disaster. Charges incurred for personal reasons, such as illness or family emergency, cannot be reimbursed. If an employee is unable to reach their duty point for personal reasons, their travel expenses are not reimbursable. For example, if a person has car trouble or becomes ill and is unable to conduct official state business, expenses for that trip cannot be reimbursed. When claiming reimbursement for cancellation charges for valid business reasons, receipts or invoices are required to document each cancellation charge submitted for reimbursement. Cancellation charges for airfare paid by the traveler will only be reimbursed if approved by the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs and Controller via an exception.

Section V. Reciepts
  1. Receipt Content: Receipts should be in the name of the traveler and be for the dates claimed on the travel voucher. Always attach an explanation if there are differences.
  2. Loss of Receipts: If an original receipt is not available, prepare a memo explaining the lack of the original. This memo must be approved by the same individual who will final approve the Expense Report.
  3. Meals: The University allows per diem for meal expenses based on General Services Administration (GSA) rates. This must include tax and tip. Receipts for meals are not required. Additionally, business meals will only be reimbursed for actuals, and will require an itemized receipt, no matter the dollar amount. Please review complete information in Procedure 2-86.
  4. Lodging: The University uses the federal per diem rates provided by the GSA for both in-state and out-of-state travel within the continuous United States. All lodging is reimbursed for actuals, but cannot exceed the GSA federal per diem rate given for the location. Itemized hotel receipts should be detailed showing the number of days with dates, room charge per day, and taxes charged per day. A Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate (Form 2-95) should be presented at time of check in, every time you travel within the State of Texas, for exemption from Texas State Sales Tax on your lodging invoice. Texas Sales Tax will not be reimbursed if you pay it.
  5. Alcohol: Alcohol is only allowed when purchased and consumed as part of a business/entertainment meal, of if there is a business reason for the purchase. Alcohol cannot be purchased with funds generated from student tuition, fees, or state appropriations.
  6. Sales Tax and Tips on Meals: Sales tax and tips on meals will be reimbursed subject to limits specified in Meals,Lodging, Travel Expenses and Other Fees for Travel for State Appropriated and Local Funds (Procedure 2-86)
  7. Personal Time: If personal time is included on the expense report, all expenses must be pro-rated and expenses deducted for personal time.
  8. Phone Calls, Fax Expense, Office Supplies, or Other: If reimbursing phone calls, fax expense, office supplies or other expenses while in travel status, indicate on the expense report which ones are for business and which are personal. If not indicated that individual items are for official university business, items are not reimbursable. Credit card receipts must have accompanying original itemized receipts attached. To be eligible for exemption from paying Texas State Sales Tax on purchases of items for official university business, present a Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification(Form 2-94). Texas State Sales Tax will not be reimbursed.
  9. Receipts for certain expenses are sometimes required in special situations (i.e. transportation). Please contact Travel Services if you have any questions about what receipts to submit.
  10. Conference Attendance: All employees attending a conference must submit the conference agenda as part of their travel supporting documentation. Submission of the agenda allows reviewers and approvers to identify amenities provided to conference attendees, i.e., hotel rooms, meals, etc.

FORMS AND TOOLS/ONLINE PROCESSES

Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification (Form 2-94)

Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate
(Form 2-95)

Business Affairs Training

APPENDICES

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