Configuring Your System for Expense Envelopes

Before users can work with expense envelopes, the system administrator must configure the following elements: team members who will be working with expense envelopes, line item codes (if applicable), and GL accounts (if applicable).

Team Members

For each team member who will be submitting expense envelopes, complete these tasks at the Team Member record:

  • Specify a team member to be the Expense Approver. If this field is empty, expense envelopes will be automatically approved on submission (i.e. the approval step will be skipped).
  • At the Human Resources tab, specify an Internal-type company. The team member's corresponding 'company' is required in order for the system to generate purchases to repay out-of-pocket expenses. If the company record has not been created yet, click Actions > Create Related Company.

In addition, you can govern team member access to expense envelopes with user group access privileges. There are three expense-focused privileges, found in the Purchase Orders module settings:

  • Can Create Expense Envelopes — Enables users to enter expense envelopes.
  • Expense Admin — Enables users to also enter expense envelopes on behalf of other users (e.g. an assistant recording expenses for an executive).
  • Expense Oversight — Enables users to see and approve expense envelopes for all users. (By default, users can only see expense envelopes which they created or where they are specified as the Approver.)

Note: If you have users who handle expense envelopes, but do not handle purchase orders, make sure the user group privileges do not allow PO-related activities (e.g. Can Create POs, etc). 

Line Item Codes

Depending on the level of detail that your organization requires for tracking expenses, you might configure only a single line item code for expenses (e.g. "Out-of-Pocket Expenses") or multiple, specific LICs (e.g. airfare, meals, hotels, hardware, supplies, etc). Fewer LICs simplifies the process of entering expenses, but reduces the granularity of those expenses when reviewing the general ledger. Conversely, a plethora of LICs increases visibility in the GL, but can complicate the process of submitting them.

GL Accounts

If your team members will be using corporate credit cards, we recommend that you configure a detail account for each card that will be used. (If your team will only submit expenses to be reimbursed for items purchased with personal funds, this configuration is unnecessary.)