March 17, 2023
CU I&E Awards: There's Still Time to Share Your Innovation
Yes, there's still time. Perhaps even more time than you thought.
Coffee Card Contest: Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications
Thanks to all of you who reviewed the new Finance Procedural Statement Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications ... used the Feedback form to send us your thoughtful questions and comments ... and took the quiz to reinforce what you'd learned. You've shown such diligence in ensuring that you and your departments are ready for the revised procedures, and it's one of the reasons that it's such a pleasure to work with all of you. We appreciate you!
Continuing Professional Development: Ready to Learn Something New?
Here's an opportunity (actually - many opportunities) to learn something new. The Office of University Controller is scheduling a series of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses over the next several months.
March 10, 2023
Tell us What You've Done - Soon! CU I&E Awards Final Month
You still have time. Join your colleagues in telling us what you've done to make CU work better.
We continue to receive submissions to this year's CU Innovation & Efficiency (CU I&E) Awards Program - and our team is currently reviewing some great entries prior to posting them.
Process Pain Points - anyone? anyone?
We're ready for spring cleaning and maybe you are, too. So give us a few housecleaning tips as we look to prioritize policy, process, and form review this calendar year. We have our very handy OUC News Forum webform, it makes communicating your comments easy.
February 23, 2023
Journal Entry Attachments: New Options
This February, with the annual Finance System update, you have new ways to add attachments to journal entries (JEs).
Recognition Feels Good: Check out the CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards Program
Valentine’s Day may be a week ago, but we still love hearing about how you’ve improved your department business processes and saved CU time, money, and hassles.
February 8, 2023
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: 2023 Program Open for Submissions
The Office of University Controller has just opened up the 2023 CU I&E Program for submissions. Now is your chance to tell us how you’ve re-engineered operations, enhanced communication, built employee engagement, improved customer service, or otherwise made CU work better. You can inspire other employees to take a new look at their own procedures. You may even win a cash prize.
Business Expense Substantiation: Top Questions on Exceptions
With the revised Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications procedures taking effect last month, the top questions to the OUC's Financial Services & Solutions (FSS Help) team are: how has the business expense substantiation process changed, and how can an employee request an exception to a notice of taxable expenses.
December 22, 2022
FY2022 Annual Financial Report
The Office of University Controller (OUC) is pleased to announce that the University of Colorado FY2022 Annual Financial Report, and the University of Colorado FY2022 Financial and Compliance Report, are available on the OUC website.
December 21, 2022
Get Ready for Jan 1: Top Questions on Business Expense Substantiation
As employees get ready for the expanded impact of the new Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications procedures, the top questions we've received over the past several weeks are related to Procurement Card reassigned transactions ... pre-trip expenses on Procurement Cards and Travel Cards ... what needs to happen within 90 days to avoid taxation to the employee ... and what the January 1 effective date means in terms of processing.
December 14, 2022
Business Expense Substantiation: Don’t Risk Income Tax on your Procurement Card Transactions
With the revised Finance Procedural Statement Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications, effective January 1, 2023, requirements for timely substantiation/submission of business expenses apply to commercial credit card transactions – including Procurement Card – in addition to employee reimbursements.
Get Ready: Don’t Risk Income Tax on your Travel Expenses
Get ready for the revised Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications procedures. Effective January 1, 2023, requirements for timely substantiation/submission of business expenses apply to Travel Card and Airfare Card transactions, as well as to employee out-of-pocket reimbursements.
December 9, 2022
Capital Assets Procedures - Revised
Effective December 1, 2022, we’ve updated the Capital Assets chapter of the Accounting Handbook.
Get Ready: Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications
If you submit travel or other reimbursement expense reports in Concur, you may already be familiar with current requirements for substantiating/submitting business-related expenses that you've covered personally. With the revised procedures, requirements for timely substantiation/submission of business expenses apply to commercial credit card transactions (Procurement Card, Travel Card, Airfare Card) and to cash advances, in addition to employee reimbursements. Failure to comply with these requirements within 90 days of end of trip or (for non-travel expenses) within 90 days of date the expense was incurred, will result in the full amount being reported as taxable income to the employee.
December 1, 2022
Official Functions: Increased Per-Person Costs Requiring Officer Approval
Does your department purchase food/beverage for official functions – for example, staff appreciation, recognition, recruitment, donor cultivation, or similar events?
Business Expense Substantiation & Tax Implications
The University of Colorado has developed policies related to the processing of commercial credit card transactions (Procurement Card, Travel Card, Airfare Card), cash advances, and employee reimbursements that meet the IRS definition of an accountable plan.
November 1, 2022
Quarter 1 PIE - Calculations Corrected
We're pleased to announce that the problem previously reported with the Quarter 1 Pooled Investment Earnings (PIE) journals has been solved.
October 11, 2022
Quarter 1 PIE - Incorrect Calculations
We are seeing some issues with the Pooled Investment Earnings (PIE) calculations for first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.
May 27, 2022
Congratulations, CU Innovation & Efficiency Award Winners!
Every year, it’s a challenging job to select who will win prizes from the many CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards Program submissions.
May 20, 2022
CPE: Enhance Your Virtual Presentation Skills in June
In response to a number of inquiries: yes, we do have space available to register in our next Presenter Certification class!
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: Here are the Semifinalists
We’ve narrowed the pool to eight semifinalist teams who completed video interviews and responded to in-person questions as part of the final selection process to determine awards
Annual Financial Reports on the OUC Website
Did you know that you can access previous years’ reports online?
CU-Data Compensation Summary Report - Update
For those of you who run compensation reports in CU-Data, note that the m-Fin Compensation Summary was recently revised to include monthly percent columns.
April 29, 2022
CU-Data Scheduled Reports: Reminder
If you changed your network password in the last month or so, you may need to log into CU-Data and renew your credentials for your schedules to work.
CPE: May 2022 Professional Development Opportunities
Our upcoming Continuing Professional Education (CPE) webinars offer pathways to help you enhance your professional presentation skills.
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: Great Work on All Campuses
The 2022 CU I&E Program year submission period has closed and we've heard about a number of creative projects on all campuses.
Meet the OUC: Learn More about What We Do for You
You can learn more about what we do, and how you intersect with the OUC's teams as you fulfill your fiscal responsibilities, through our new short intro video, Meet the OUC.
March 30, 2022
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: Deadline This Week
Time's running out for you to submit to the 2022 CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards Program!
CPE: Professional Development Opportunities Available
The Office of University Controller is pleased to present several ways for you to hone your skills this spring.
March 17, 2022
Meet the OUC: Learn More about What We Do for You
Learn more about what we do, and how you intersect with the OUC's teams as you fulfill your fiscal responsibilities.
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: Two More Weeks to Share Your Story
The CU I&E deadline is approaching ... but you still have time to tell us your story.
Scheduled Reports Need Current Passwords
If you've scheduled m-Fin reports to run automatically at month-end, please note that changes to your network password can interrupt that process.
Report Update: m-Fin Project One-Liner and Project Principal ID
We recently enhanced the m-Fin Project One-Liner report to include a Project Principal ID column.
March 3, 2022
The annual Finance System update (effective February 12, 2022) introduced a new look for the FIN homepages.
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: Deadline March 31
This year’s submission period closes March 31, so there's still time to participate.
Getting Help from FSS
We want to highlight some areas where multiple questions suggest we should clarify where to go for guidance.
Improving the Tax-Exempt Website
We would like your feedback on the Tax-Exempt Status website.
February 16, 2022
Finance & Procurement Services Reorganization-Where to Get Help
Where to go for help on finance and procurement issues, after the FinPro Help Desk transition.
Payroll Encumbrances-January Financial Reports
If you’re responsible for reviewing payroll encumbrances on Fund 34/35 SpeedTypes, please note that these may have been overstated on last month’s financial reports.
Finance System Annual Update: A New Look for Homepages
Over the weekend of February 12, 2022, the annual Finance System update brings a new look for the FIN homepages.
CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards: 2022 Program Open for Submissions
The CU I&E Awards Program recognizes employees for improving business practices. We hope you'll share your good work by submitting it to the 2022 program (deadline March 31).