Petty cash funds are disbursed when a department requires a relatively small amount of cash on hand to make change; for example, in sales transactions or for the purpose of purchasing low value items on an on-going basis, for example, postage stamps, etc. Petty cash is advanced to a custodian, who is responsible for the safeguarding of the petty cash fund, for preparing the Petty Cash Fund Replenishment and Reconciliation Form, to facilitate the replenishment of funds once spent, and for returning the Petty Cash Float to Travel Services when it is no longer required or there is a change in custodian.
The issuance of a petty cash fund does not give rise to a commitment against the department’s funds; when the petty cash fund is replenished on the completion of a Petty Cash Fund Replenishment and Reconciliation form, the expenses are charged to the FOAP(s) indicated. This form has to be authorized by the one-over-one signing authority.
Petty cash funds can be held over the fiscal year end of the University of Manitoba, they need not be returned by March 31 and reissued subsequent to year end; however, custodians should ensure that all expenses are reported on a Petty Cash Fund Replenishment and Reconciliation form in the fiscal year in which the expense was incurred.
All petty cash expenses must be supported by original receipts.
Requesting a Petty Cash Fund
It is important that the custodian is familiar with the Petty Cash Policy and ensures that the petty cash fund is stored in a secure location to protect from theft; the request should also be authorized by the individual to whom the requester reports. i.e. the Department Head.
Petty Cash Funds Replenishment and Reconciliation
Petty cash are accounted by use of a Petty Cash Fund Replenishment and Reconciliation form. Petty cash should be returned when it is no longer needed or if the custodian resigns, retires or transfers to another position. Petty Cash funds may also be periodically audited to ensure that they are kept secure and reconciled. Annually Travel Services will send out a petty cash fund confirmation to custodians to confirm the amount of the petty cash they hold.
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The Petty Cash Fund Replenishment and Reconciliation form should be used for the replenishment of Petty Cash funds only, as outlined in the University’s Petty Cash Policy.