4 Purchasing Card (PCard) PaymentNetPurchasing Card (PCard)A MasterCard issued in the name of the NDSCS employeeAuthorized for purchases ≤$3,999Authorized for use with only certain categories of merchantsFor official NDSCS business use onlyPaymentNet is a web-based PCard management tool offered by JPMorgan Chase.PCard holders have the ability to:View their activity and Statement of AccountMatch transactions with receiptsReallocate transactionsDispute transactionsPrint off their Statement of Account
5 A Purchasing Card is NOT A means to access cash or creditA means to avoid appropriate procurement or payment proceduresA means to pay other NDSCS departmentsA right of employmentFor personal use
7 General Instructions for Use Item(s) to be purchased are ≤$3,999Including shipping & handling, and other chargesAnd the item(s) is not a contract itemUse best judgment to determine the best vendor for the material desired.Tell the vendor that NDSCS is exempt from sales taxes.NOTE: NDSCS tax exempt number is on each PCard.Original ReceiptsMust retain original receipts (detailed receipts/invoices for reconciliation purposes)Verify the transactions on the Statement of Account.Print and forward the monthly Statement of Account and original receipts to the appropriate reviewer.
8 What are the Benefits of a Purchasing Card? Accepted at all MasterCard locationsEliminates purchasing delaysCredit reference is not requiredDepartments submit paperwork monthlyReduces the number of Request for Payment & Purchase Requisition formsImproves vendor relationsReduces the number of invoicing problemsNDSCS is billed directly
9 Cardholder Credit Rating The use of the PCard results in liability to NDSCS; not a personal liability for the Cardholder.The Cardholder's credit rating will not be affected.Only the person whose name appears on the card is allowed to use that card.
10 How to Obtain a Purchasing Card? Contact Kari Hasbargen or by submitting the Purchasing Card Application form to Purchasing.Submit completed Purchasing Card Use Agreement to the Purchasing Office after your card has been received. Employee participation must be approved by the department head or reviewer and the Purchasing Card Administrator. The cardholder must be a NDSCS employee. Students and student organizations are not allowed to obtain a purchasing card.
11 PaymentNetPaymentNet is a Web-based Purchasing Card management tool offered by JPMorgan Chase. Cardholders have the ability to:View his or her activity and statementsMatch transaction with receiptsDispute transactionsPrint off their Statement of Account
12 Merchant Category Codes Vendors are assigned a merchant category code (MCC) by their bank.The MCC code is used to classify the business by type of goods and services it provides. Attempting to buy from merchants that are excluded will cause the transaction to be denied.Occasionally, a bank may have wrongly assigned a vendor's MCC. The department should notify the Purchasing Card Administrator of rejected transactions if they feel it is an appropriate purchase. If a transaction is rejected, the NDSCS Purchasing Card Administrator Asst. can ask JPMorgan Chase to check with their bank to request a code change, if necessary.
13 If the Vendor Does Not Accept Credit Cards Not all vendors accept credit cards (MasterCard). If this happens:Ask the vendor if they are interested in accepting MasterCard. If yes, refer them to their financial institution for more information. Choose another vendor who accepts MasterCard.Complete the transaction using traditional purchasing procedures.
14 What are appropriate and inappropriate uses and the consequences?
15 Policy and Procedure Violations and Guidelines Failure to use the PCard in accordance with applicable policies and procedures may result in revocation of the PCard and may involve appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination and possible criminal prosecution.
16 Violations Include, but are not Limited to: Allowing someone else to use your cardFailure to return the card when reassigned, terminated, or upon requestFailure to submit proper transaction documentation to Purchasing by the 10th of the monthIntentionally splitting a purchase to circumvent Purchasing PoliciesPurchasing items with the card for personal usePurchasing unallowable itemsRepeatedly allowing sales tax to be charged when the purchases are tax exempt. Failure to maintain receipts and other documentationFailure to obtain proper approval (A designated signature is required on ALL Record forms. This can be anybody within your departmentSetting up a new account using Pay PalUsing the card on Internet Auction sites, such as EBAY
17 Unallowable ItemsThe PCard is to be used to purchase low dollar value items with the total amount of any purchase not to exceed $3,999. Certain exceptions to use of the PCard apply. Examples of items that MAY NOT be purchased with the PCard include:Alcoholic BeveragesInsuranceAmmunition/WeaponsInternet Auction SitesCash Advances (ATM or other)LeasesCar RentalsLegal serviceseBay PurchasesMaintenance ContractsEntertainment/HospitalityMotor VehiclesEquipment over $3,999Non-business/Personal ItemsFlowers (Except HR)Personal Expenses of Any KindFood (Except Athletic team travel)Policy & Procedure Doesn’t AllowGasoline/FuelPostage Stamps (Except Mail Room)Gift CardsPrintingGiftsRadioactive MaterialsGrants and Contracts (Any Item Not Allowed by the Sponsoring Agency)Shipping - Outbound From UNDIn-state hotel (Per diem rate must be followed)Hazardous MaterialsThis is not an all-inclusive list.Note: Cardholders may request in writing, a waiver to remove the restriction on the purchase of the preceding items. Waivers must be submitted to the Purchasing Card Administrator for approval. The waiver or exception must be specific as to item(s) and as to Cardholder. If a waiver is given, a copy of the approval must be attached to the Purchasing Card Statement of Account.
18 Allowable ItemsExamples of items that MAY be purchased with the Purchasing Card:1 Year SubscriptionsHealthcare/Medical ServicesAbstract FeesIT Equipment ≤ $3,999Advertisement for PositionsMemberships/DuesAirline/Amtrak TicketsRegistrationsBooksRepairs/LaborBooth Rentals for Recruiting StudentsSupplies/Office SuppliesTax Reportable Services/Fees (1099)Computer SuppliesToolsEquipment ≤ $3,999Web DomainsEquipment Rentals (Excluding Car Rentals)Webcasts/WebinarsFeesWhenever the card is used, please inform the vendor that it is a tax exempt sale. NOTE: NDSCS tax exempt number is on each Purchasing Card.
19 Failure to Comply with Program Guidelines Any misuse of the PCard or other failure to comply with the applicable policies and procedures will result in the following:Appropriate disciplinary actions which may include terminationRepayment of transactions resulting from personal use of the PCard. Repayment will include any applicable taxes.Revocation of the PCard.
20 Cardholder Disciplinary Action Unallowable Charges and Late Paperwork:First Offense – Written or ed warning to cardholder and chain of command, up to appropriate VP.Second Offense – Formal written warning to cardholder and chain of command, up to the appropriate VP, and Human Resources. Cardholder’s Purchasing Card will be suspended for 30 days.Third Offense – Formal written warning to cardholder, chain of command up to the President and Human Resources. Cardholder’s Purchasing Card will be permanently suspended. The cardholder must return the card to the Purchasing Office.*Violations include, but are not limited to: unallowable charges, splitting transactions, and/or failure to include proper paperwork (Statement of Account Reports, Receipts, Invoices, Trademark Use Request Form, and/or of any waiver). Some violations may result in immediate cancellation of the Cardholder’s PCard.**Exceptions may be granted due to individual cardholder circumstances.
21 Purchasing Card Reinstatement Any former cardholder, that has lost the privilege of the use of a College Purchasing Card, may request to be issued a new card after 120 days of having their card canceled.No Cardholder will be considered for reinstatement until any personal charges unauthorized on the previous card are paid back in full.The Cardholder and their direct supervisor must go through an Appeals Process which is a review of the Cardholder’s violation history and the justification for a new card.This process will determine if a PCard will be reissued. If reissued, the cardholder will be on probation for 6 months. If cardholder receives a warning during the probation period, the card will be taken away and will not be able to appeal.If cardholder doesn’t have any warnings during the probation period, the cardholder will start over with the disciplinary actions. If cardholder loses card again, permanent revocation.
22 Purchasing Card Security The PCard is to be treated with the same level of care as personal credit cards.Before placing an order with an online merchant, make sure the site is secure before entering your account information.The URL, or website address, should begin with https.A graphic, such as a lock, could appear in the bottom right corner of your browser bar.Do not lend the PCard to anyone.The only person authorized to use the card is the person whose name appears on the front of the card and who has completed the Purchasing Card Application and Use Agreement form.Do not post or write the PCard account number in any location that is accessible to others.Do not send your credit card information in an .If purchasing by phone, caution the vendor to refrain from placing the PCard number on the shipping label or anywhere on the outside of the package.PCard can not be used on Internet Auction sites, such as eBay.Review the monthly statement of account immediately, to detect unauthorized transactions.
24 Cardholder Responsibilities Each Cardholder is responsible for the following activities:Destroy and discard an expired Purchasing Card.Run Statement of Account report in PaymentNet.Forward signed PCard Record and completed Statement of Account and original receipts, invoices to designated reviewer.Keep original receipts from each purchase.Give the PCard to supervisor if employment is terminated.Notify the supervisor, the PCard Administrator, and JPMorgan Chase immediately in the event of a lost or stolen PCard.Resolve disputes in a timely manner. The PCard Administrator should be notified of any disputed items that the Cardholder has not been able to resolve. Safeguard the PCard.Sign the PCard immediately upon receipt.
25 Reviewer Responsibilities The following items may be performed by the Cardholder's supervisor, the Purchasing Card Administrator, or another designated employee (other than Cardholder):Forward the signed Statement of Account form, with all original receipts, to Purchasing. Departments should keep complete copies on file within their department.If it is determined that personal or other unauthorized charges are occurring on the PCard, appropriate steps, up to and including dismissal, and possible criminal prosecution may be taken to solve the misuse/abuse of the PCard.Review the information submitted by the Cardholder. The amount of review will depend on a number of factors, but the reviewer should, at a minimum, periodically compare receipts to the Statement of Account submitted by the Cardholder.Sign the Statement of Account to certify that purchases are for business purposes and are in compliance with appropriate rules and regulations to the best of the reviewer's knowledge.
26 Returns, Credits, and Disputed Items The Cardholder has the responsibility for following up with the vendor or bank (JPMorgan Chase) on any erroneous charges, disputed items or returns, as soon as possible.Disputed billings can result from failure to receive the goods charged, defective merchandise, incorrect amounts, duplicate charges, credit not processed, as well as fraud and misuse.If the Cardholder has a problem with a purchased item or a billing resulting from the use of the PCard, they should first try to reach a resolution with the vendor that provided the item. Most disputes can be resolved directly between the Cardholder and the vendor.Make sure you keep documentation of credits, returns and exchanges to be attached to the Purchasing Card Record.
27 ReturnsThe vendor should issue credit for any item that has been approved for return.The credit should appear on a subsequent statement.Any item purchased with the Purchasing Card that is returned must be returned for credit. Do not accept a refund in cash or check.
28 CreditsReferring to the Cardholder receipt, request the vendor to issue the credit back on the Cardholder’s Purchasing Card.If the item was shipped, refer to the shipping form you received and retained with the Purchasing Card Record.
29 Disputed ItemsIf you have a disputed charge and cannot reach resolution with the vendor, contact JPMorgan Chase Customer Service or the Purchasing Card Administrator atDisputed items must be resolved within 60 days of the transaction date.
30 Statement Verification The statement cut-off date is the 2nd of the month.The Cardholder is responsible for reconciling the Purchasing Card Statement of Account and original, detailed receipts/invoices.Notify the Purchasing Card Administrator immediately if inaccuracies and/or erroneous information exist.Once reconciled, the Cardholder fills out the Purchasing Card Record and forwards this, along with all original receipts, Statement of Account, and other supporting documents to the appropriate reviewer.The reviewer is responsible for reviewing the information, signing the Record form, and forwarding to Purchasing.It is due by the 10th of the next month. For example, December 2nd is the cut-off date for the previous months charges and the paperwork is due December 10th.
31 Termination of Employment or Transfer to Other Division Terminated or employees that transfer to another department must the Purchasing Card Administrator and their supervisor to cancel their PCard.The canceled PCard will then be given to their supervisor.The supervisor is responsible for shredding and disposing the card. Returned Purchasing Cards are not to be reissued to other employees for use.
32 Key ContactsThe following resource person is available to answer questions, training, solve Purchasing Card problems, or provide assistance in the areas listed:Purchasing Card Administrator Assistant: Kari Hasbargen –For account inquiriesFor billing informationFor questions concerning policies and proceduresPaymentNet questionsTo apply for a Purchasing CardTo replace damaged cardsTo report a lost or stolen cardJPMorgan Chase Cardholder Customer Service: For authorization assistanceFor questions concerning monthly statementsTo report a lost or stolen card