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Documenting Petty Cash Fund Purchases

Directive Statement

The custodian is responsible for appropriately documenting all purchases of a Petty Cash Fund.  Petty Cash Funds cannot be used for personal loans, reimbursements of purchases made on personal credit cards or debit cards, travel expenses, or taxes for which the University is not liable (i.e. sales tax, freight taxes, or federal excise taxes).  Departments must track purchases to ensure they are appropriate and have sufficient documentation to support Petty Cash Fund purchases.

The department should keep all original receipts for auditing purposes in accordance with UF record retention requirements.  As the rules for record retention depend on the type of funds used and the nature of the information, please contact the Records Management Office at (352) 392-4180 for more information.

Reason for Directive

A Petty Cash Fund provides convenience for small transactions for situations when using a PCard or other payment method is unreasonable.  Banking & Merchant Services is responsible for the stewardship of the University’s cash and investments, including Cash Funds.  This directive provides assurance that Cash Funds will be authorized, well-safeguarded, and appropriately used.

Who Must Comply?

All University departments.

Procedures

Banking & Merchant Services has created a Cash Fund Activity Log that departments can use as a template, if desired.  The department also has the option to create their own log to track purchases. Regardless of what Cash Fund Activity Log is being used the department should include:

  1. Authorized employee’s name
  2. Date
  3. Amount
  4. Purpose
  5. Initials of both the Petty Cash Fund custodian and the authorized employee

Receipts from purchases must be retained with the fund to support the total amount of the Petty Cash Fund and the replenishment of the fund. A petty Cash Fund provides convenience for small transactions for when using a PCard or other payment methods are unreasonable. Petty Cash Funds may not be used for personal loans, reimbursements of purchases made on personal credit cards or debit cards, travel expenses, or taxes for which the University is not liable (e.g. sales tax, freight taxes, or federal excise taxes).

It is important that the procedures used by a department include the following:

  1. Any cash received by an employee to make an approved purchase should be recorded on the Cash Fund Activity Log confirming receipt of the money. 
  2. Receipts for each transaction are required regardless of the amount. Receipts are kept as evidence for the Cash Fund Activity Log and are required to replenish the fund. 
  3. The amount of cash on hand along with un-replenished receipts, and money that has been checked out should always equal the total amount of the authorized Petty Cash Fund balance. 
  4. If goods and services purchased using a Petty Cash Fund are returned to the supplier, the custodian must be notified. The custodian should properly document the return. 
  5. Petty Cash Funds that are not regularly replenished should be assessed to determine whether they are still necessary. 

Last Reviewed

07/31/2021: reviewed content

Resources

UF Record Retention

Contacts

Cashier: (352) 392-0185

Banking & Merchant Services: (352) 392-9057

UF Records Management Office: (352) 392-4180

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