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General Information

General Information
Summary of Responsibilities
Items that Can be Purchased with Purchasing Card
Items that Can Not be Purchased with Purchasing Card
What is a MCC Code?
What is the AP/PO Quick Reference Guide?
Limits and Controls

 

General Information

Purchase transaction information is posted to the web based software, PaymentNet, daily by JP Morgan. Cardholders and/or Approving Officials may view this information 20 hours a day (not available midnight - 4 am to allow JP Morgan to upload and update data) from any computer with internet access.

The posting date is the date the vendor sends the information about the charge or credit to the bank. There may be several days difference between the transaction date and the posting date. Some transactions may be purchased in one billing cycle but not posted to the bank or reconciled until a later billing cycle.

Cardholders must provide the Approving Official with a receipt for each purchase posted during the billing cycle. The Approving Official will verify that the Cardholder has provided a supporting document for each transaction posted during the billing cycle being reconciled. The Approving Official will assign one or more MoCodes and PS Accounts to each transaction. Each transaction may be divided between multiple PeopleSoft MO Codes and PeopleSoft Accounts. When all posted transactions have been reconciled, the Approving Official must print a Statement of Account (PeopleSoft) Report for that billing cycle. Each Statement of Account (PeopleSoft) Report must be signed by the cardholder and the Approving Official, then submitted to the Imaging SystemSubmission may be via fax or by email. A copy of the report and all receipts will be kept by the user department. Receipts and supporting documents must be kept for 5 years or for purchases paid by grants, 5 years from the end of the grant.

Procurement Operations personnel reviews the Cardholder Statement of Account (PeopleSoft) Report.

Please note that the University is dependent upon the vendor to process the transaction before the transaction is available for reconciliation. While most transactions are processed by the vendor promptly, some vendors may delay in the sending the transaction information to the bank. The vendor is not paid until the transaction has been processed by the bank, so it is in the best interest of the vendor to process the transaction promptly. However, if funding from a grant or contract is used to pay for transaction(s), the cardholder and person responsible for reconciling should keep this information and the reconciliation/upload schedule in mind when deciding what method should be used to make a purchase. If a transaction has not posted in what the cardholder deems is a prompt time frame, the cardholder should contact the vendor to find out when the transaction will be processed with the bank.

 

Summary of Responsibilities

Summary of responsibilities for Cardholder, Approving Official, Department Head or Designee, Cardholder's Department, and Procurement Operations.

Cardholder Make purchases in compliance with the University of Missouri Purchasing Card Policy Manual
Provide receipts for all purchases to Approving Official
Verify all purchases were university purchases and purchase information is correct
Sign Statement of Account (PeopleSoft)
Keep purchasing card in a secure location.
Report purchasing card lost or stolen immediately.
Approving Official Review and approve all transactions
Account for receipts or explanations for all transactions
Make changes to MO Codes and PeopleSoft account codes as needed
Print and sign Statement of Account (PeopleSoft) Report, give to Cardholder and Department Head (if applicable) or Designee for signature
Cardholder's Department Verify all purchases are university purchases
Review and approve all transactions by due date
Send Statement of Account (PeopleSoft) to Procurement Operations by the 10th of each month
Procurement Operations Verify all transactions have been reviewed and approved
Assist in processing upload to PeopleSoft

 

What is a MCC Code?

MCC or Merchant Commodity Code is a four digit code assigned to every supplier that accepts MasterCard. The bank that processes the supplier's charge card charges assigns the MCC Code to that supplier. The University or Procurement Operations has no control over what MCC Codes are assigned to suppliers. Each vendor is assigned only one MCC Code. An example: Wal-Mart may be assigned the MCC Code # 5411 Grocery Stores, Supermarkets.

For every transaction or purchase, the MCC Code of the supplier is compared to the list of authorized MCC Codes for the Purchasing Card being used. If a supplier has a MCC Code that is not included as an authorized code, the transaction will be declined.

MCC Codes and card limits provide the University and the Cardholder additional security that the purchasing card will not be misused.

Users are assigned the MCC Group that best relates to their needs as a purchaser.

 

What is the AP/PO Quick Reference Guide?

The University primarily makes payments through one of two systems - Payroll and Accounts Payable. This guide provides general information and guidance on how the University purchases and pays for various goods and services. For more specific guidance on the appropriateness or approval steps necessary please refer to the University Business Policy and Procedure Manual or contact the Procurement Operations Department or your campus Accounting Office. (AP/PO Quick Reference Guide)

 

Limits and Controls

Departments can set limits on each individual card for:

  • Amount of each single transaction (maximum of $5,000)
  • Amount of all transactions per billing cycle (monthly limit)
    • Requests for limits greater than $15,000 must be accompanied by a letter, signed by the approving official, stating the specific business need for the high limit.

There are no longer defaults for the single transaction or billing cycle limit. If an application is received and does not include specific values, the approving official listed on the application will be contacted via email and required to give specific values for each limit. This may cause a delay in obtaining a new purchasing card.

Reviewed 2012-10-01.

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