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Essential Tasks

Final date for completion

CUEF units: last instructions to be received by Treasury & Investment Team for 2020/21

Thu 17 Jun

 

Process and reconcile petty cash for 2020/21

Wed 4 Aug

 

Process credit card expenditure before AP closes if using this option

Mon 16 Aug

 

Movement of monies on deposit

Thu 19 Aug

 

Clear Trust Fund deficits

Wed 25 Aug

 

Process any remaining credit card expenditure by journal

Tue 31 Aug

 

Complete spreadsheets for income and expense accruals

Tue 31 Aug

 

Code expenditure to same SoF as related income and clear deficits

Tue 31 Aug

 

Submit year-end certificate(s) to Finance Division

Fri 24 Sep

 

 

Finance Division key dates for information

Key Date

CUEF distribution July accrual and deposit interest posted

Fri 20 Aug

Carbon Reduction Charge (CRC) journal posted

Wed 18 Aug

EC PI Time adjustment posted

Thu 19 Aug

Indirect Cost Contribution posted

Mon 2 Aug
Wed 1 Sep

Trust Fund overheads posted

Mon 2 Aug
Wed 18 Aug
Wed 1 Sep

Final journal for Jul-21 VAT Adjustments

Thu 26 Aug

Issue Trust Fund statements to departments

Mon 9 Aug
Mon 23 Aug
Mon 6 Sep

Chest Allocation

Weekly postings from 2 Aug

Budget field frozen

Wed 25 Aug

CUEF Revaluation posted for June and July (Into July GL period)

Wed 8 Sep

Actual July CUEF Distribution posted into Adjustment Period 1

Wed 8 Sep

Department summary reports, plus distribution of Year End Certificates on 10 Sep

Tue 3 Aug
Mon 23 Aug
Thu 2 Sep
Thu 9 Sep

 

In case of queries please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk Tel. 39660

 


 

Cambridge University Endowment Fund (CUEF) sales/purchases 

There are no purchases / sales of CUEF units at 31 July. The last day for dealing for 2020/21 is 17 June. Contact Treasury if there are any queries.


Process and reconcile petty cash

  • The department’s petty cash needs to be closed as at 31 July. The GL journal (and Grants journal if necessary) must have a July 2021 date.

  • Petty cash expenditure for August 2021 must be journaled into August 2021.

  • The department’s petty cash control account balance should reflect the amount of cash held as at 31 July.

NB. It may be that your first visit to the University Cashier after the year end includes two petty cash forms, one for each year. This is expected and acceptable.

 


Credit card expenditure

Monthly Barclaycard statements will be available to departments from 2 August. Cardholders in Departments using Concur will see transactions in their account as they’re incurred through the month.

See Barclaycard instructions in the Accounts Payable section and ensure any remaining transactions are cleared via GL journals before the module close on 31 August. Ensure expenditure date is 31 July 2021.

Balances not cleared before the GL close will roll forward to AZZY as part of the normal year end process.

 


Budget Freeze

Chest allocation is processed through Departments accounts as actual income. 

Departments are able to move Chest Allocation by using a budget journal and liaising with your School Finance Advisor.

Central and Research Accounting will update the actual income in CUFS on the following days:

Actual Posting of July Chest Allocation

Thu 1 Jul

2nd Posting of July Chest Allocation

Mon 2 Aug

3rd Posting of July Chest Allocation

Mon 9 Aug

4th Posting of July Chest Allocation

Mon 16 Aug

5th Posting of July Chest Allocation

Mon 23 Aug

Budget field frozen in CUFS

Wed 25 Aug

Final posting of July Chest Allocation

Thu 26 Aug

 

If a department requires posting of budget journal after the 26 August,please contact
your Finance Manager or Advisor who can liaise with central Financial Planning and Analysis

 


Monies on deposit

19 August is the last date for placing eligible funds on deposit as at 31 July.

  • Departments are reminded that monies should be taken off deposit to reduce account deficits.
  • Deposit Account and CUEF interest will be posted on 20 August.
  • Details on eligible SoF, how to place money on or take money off deposit are available in the Investments manual (Chapter 12, Financial Procedures Manual).

Accruals

These are amounts owed by the department for goods and services that they have received prior to 31 July. Therefore, their costs need to be included in the 2020/21 financial year. This is done by the process of accruals.

Expenditure accruals occur where:

  • Goods/services have been received on or before 31 July but no invoice has been received and therefore not processed on UFS; or
  • Goods/services have been received on or before 31 July and the invoice has been received after AP module has closed and therefore the invoice will be processed in AP in 2021/22 financial year.

In case of queries please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk.

Accruals must be raised for transactions over £10,000

Instructions

Guidance on creating journals for accruals is detailed in Appendix A

  • By using the Auto Reversal journal category these journals should be automatically reversed into the AUG-21 period. Ensure that you post/release the July journal.
  • If the journal category Accrual is used then you must remember to manually reverse it in the AUG-21 period using the More Actions button and to post/release both journals.

Sometimes journals need to be reversed in a period later than August. For example, if expenditure has been accrued in July but the invoice is not received until September then the Jul-21 journal should be the Accrual type (not Auto Reversal) and should be manually reversed in September.

 

Where accruals for a single Department total over £200,000, you must send supporting details to Central and Research Accounting by 31 August.
Detailed supporting working papers must be retained for audit inspection.

In case of queries please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk Tel. 39660

 

 


Unearned revenue

Income should be deferred where it has been received by the department in advance of the goods or services being supplied (e.g. trading, course fees). If income received in advance is not deferred, it will be credited and shown in the incorrect financial year.

Appendix B provides guidance on processing unearned revenue or, in case of queries, please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk.

 

Income received in advance must be deferred for transactions over £10,000.
Where unearned revenue for a single Department totals over £200,000, send supporting details to Central and Research Accounting by 31 August.
Detailed supporting working papers must be retained for audit inspection

 


Other debtors

These are amounts owing to the department for services/goods provided but unbilled at the year end. They are the opposite of the accruals described previously. They will arise from goods or services provided to external customers but not yet invoiced on the AR module.

Appendix C provides guidance on processing accrued income or, in case of queries, please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk

Accrued Income must be raised for single transactions over £10,000.
Where accrued income for a single Department totals over £200,000, send supporting details to Central and Research Accounting by 23 August.
Detailed supporting working papers must be retained for audit inspection.

 


Prepayments

A prepayment occurs when a payment has been processed on UFS in advance of the goods or services being received. When this occurs over the year end, the proportion of the payment that relates to goods or services received in the new financial year (August 2021 and beyond) has to be calculated. The expenditure for 2020/21 is then reduced by this prepaid amount.

Appendix D provides guidance on processing accrued income or, in case of queries, please contact the General Ledger Helpdesk.

Prepayments are only necessary for single transactions over £10,000.
Where prepayments for a single Department total over £200,000, send supporting details to Central and Research Accounting by 31 August.
Detailed supporting working papers must be retained for audit inspection.

 


Accruals/deferrals and internal partners

If the expenditure or income that is being accrued or deferred relates to a transaction with another department (e.g. internal trading) please check with the General Ledger Helpdesk before posting the journal. The Helpdesk will be able to check that the other department is making the equal and opposite accrual/deferral. This is important to ensure that the elimination of internal transactions is correct.

 


 

Matching the source of funds for related expenditure and income

Recording expenditure against the same SoF as the related income is an important process for departments.

To achieve the transfer between sources of funds by a GL journal, the net balance of each type of expenditure by a GL journal is moved/transferred using the original expenditure transaction code for both the debit and credit entries of the journal.

Example:

  • Initially all your photocopying paper expenditure (transaction code ESFZ) was coded against SoF AAAA.
  • However, the department used £100 worth of paper when it was running off posters for an exhibition.
  • The exhibition is a trading activity with income on source of funds GAAA
  • Therefore, a journal should be raised to match the paper costs with the ehibition as follows:

CREDIT        U. Dept. CC. AAAA. ESFZ          £100
DEBIT           U. Dept. CC. GAAA. ESFZ         £100

This procedure should NOT be used to correct miscoding and applies to movement of expenditure between sources of funds and cost centres only.
If you require clarification please contact your Finance Adviser.

Detailed supporting working papers must be retained for audit inspection.

 


Clearing deficits

Before clearing deficits, department accounts must be reviewed and adjustments made to:

  • correct miscoding
  • match the SoF coding for related expenditure and income (as above)
  • account for accruals, prepayments, other debtors and income accruals (as above)
  • remove monies from deposit.

Deficits may then be off-set against surpluses on non-restricted and trading sources of funds by journaling expenditure using the transfer transaction code EZXX.

 

Care should be taken with this process and the transaction code EZXX must be used on both sides of the journal.
Further information and guidance on their use is available from:


VAT Transactions

The central Tax Team posts post journals to correct Services Tax (reverse charge), Acquisition/Import Tax and sales correction transactions on a monthly basis.

Services Tax

The amount of VAT you would have paid on that service if you had bought it in Great Britain (GB)

Acquisition Tax charge

The amount of VAT you would have paid on the goods had you bought them in the UK (EU purchases prior to 1 January 2021 only)

Import Tax

The amount of VAT you would have paid on goods if you had purchased them in the UK (relates to goods brought into GB on, or after, 1 January 2021)

Sales Tax Adjustments

Occurs when a sale has been incorrectly entered with the wrong tax code

 

In a normal month, any tax adjustments for these items would take place in the month following the original AP or AR entry. However, for the year end, all the July AP services/import tax adjustments are posted in the same month. As the Tax Team are not able to work on the July tax adjustments until AP and AR have closed (16 August), postings to department accounts in respect of these adjustments will be posted by no later than the end of 26 August. The GL closes to departments on 31 August.

 


Roll forward

In accordance with University policy, year-end income and expenditure totals, by SoF and cost centre, will be rolled forward to create the standard brought-forward balances for 2021/22 by the close of business on 6 September. Any department with specific roll forward requests should submit these to their Finance Manager for input in UFS by no later than midday on 9 September. As part of the preparation of the final accounts, adjustments may be necessary. This means that the balances rolled forward may change. Any such adjustments will be communicated to departments.

Two adjustment periods have been set up on GL for this purpose ADJ1-21 and ADJ2-21. Under certain circumstances, postings into ADJ1-21 are allowed provided prior approval from the Financial Reporting section has been obtained. All year-end postings should be entered into Jul-21, and Jul-21 should be used for all year-end reporting.

 

 


Trust funds

Individual statements for all Trust Funds will be sent to departments as follows:

 Date

 Statement

 Thu 8 Jul

 30 June statement

 Mon 9 Aug

1st interim statement as at 31 July (will exclude Jul-21 distribution)

 Mon 23 Aug

2nd interim statement as at 31 July (will include Jul-21 distribution)

 Mon 6 Sep

 Final statement as at 31 July

Journals are to be processed centrally to transfer expenditure to Trust Funds relating to appropriations in aid and overhead charges. It is planned that all such journals will be included on the 1st interim statement. All Trust Funds deficits based on a review of 2nd interim statements must be cleared by 31 August.

In case of queries please contact the Trust Fund Helpdesk Tel. 66946

 

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