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Correcting Bookkeeping and Cost Allocation Entries (APS 021)

Issued: Nov. 22, 2005
Updated: Aug. 18, 2017 – View Changes

FPP A.013

Table of Contents

Overview

Applicable to

State agencies and institutions of higher education depositing, transferring or expending funds in or with the state treasury.

Policy

State agencies should correct cost allocation entries in the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS) within 30 days after the first three fiscal quarters and within 60 days following fiscal year end. Clerical or bookkeeping errors should be corrected as soon as the agency is aware of them. Special attention should be paid to correcting entries made in the final quarter of the fiscal year to make sure they post in the correct fiscal period.

Legal cite

Government Code, Section 403.011; General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article IX, Sections 6.14, 6.15, 6.19, 85th Legislature, Regular Session.

Legend

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Background

Introduction

Agencies are allowed to make bookkeeping adjustments and corrections to their accounting records.

Agencies are also allowed to temporarily charge salary and operating costs to an interim appropriation. Later, when information is available to specifically identify the correct appropriation to charge, the agencies must allocate the costs to the correct appropriation.

GAA

General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article IX, Sections 6.14, 6.15, 6.19, 85th Legislature, Regular Session

Example 1

Supplies are sometimes purchased in advance of their distribution to various divisions or departments within an agency.

Example 2

Payrolls must be submitted to the Comptroller’s office several days before the end of the month. An agency charging an employee’s time to the various programs where the employee actually works has not processed the timekeeping reports at the time the payroll is submitted to the Comptroller’s office. Thus, an estimated amount is charged against each appropriation and adjustments are made later.

Comptroller

The Fiscal Management Division of the Comptroller’s office may audit expenditure transfer transactions.

The Fiscal Management Division responsibilities include reviewing agency cost allocation transactions. The review includes:

  • Proper accounting detail (descriptive legal text, comptroller objects).
  • Timeliness of allocation (within 30 days following the end of a fiscal quarter, and 60 days following the end of the fiscal year).

Timely and accurate reporting

Timely and accurate coding of correcting and cost allocation entries is important. Agencies, the Legislature, and others rely on USAS transaction details for Automated Budget and Evaluation System for Texas (ABEST) reporting, annual financial reports, the State of Texas Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and the State of Texas Annual Cash Report. USAS data is also used for Historically Underutilized Business reporting. Each agency is responsible for ensuring that USAS transaction detail, including vendor numbers, object codes and other details are current and accurate. Special attention should be paid to correcting entries made in the final quarter of the fiscal year to make sure they post in the correct fiscal period.

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Agency Requirements for Processing Expenditure Transfer Transactions

About these transactions

Agencies enter expenditure transfer transactions into USAS if previously posted expenditures were charged against wrong program cost accounts (PCAs), appropriated or agency funds, appropriation years or object codes. The reason for the correction of the original charge must be stated in the Legal/Descriptive Text (19) screen of the correcting document.

The vendor number whose payment is being corrected should be used when practical. To create an audit trail and to maintain accurate vendor activity records, corrections should reflect the vendor number used in the original transaction.

Note: If the original payment was marked as confidential or as containing some confidential information, any expenditure transfer voucher (ETV) transaction moving the expense must be similarly marked in order to maintain the confidential designation. To process an ETV, the Pre-Enc/Enc/Expend Transaction Entry (505) screen or the USAS detail transaction input record via electronic batch input file may be used with the appropriately marked confidential indicator. The Balanced JV Transaction Entry (509) screen is not available for this activity. See USAS and CAPPS Financials Confidentiality Indicator (FPP E.045).

T-codes

Current period adjustments are corrected with T-codes 407 and 408 and use a current effective date. Prior period adjustments are corrected with T-codes 467 and 468, which allow the user to backdate the transaction effective date.

Document type

Transactions must be entered using Document Type K.

Batch type

Batch Type 4 or 8 can be used.

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CAPPS agencies create the expenditure transfer by entering a voucher in CAPPS. The vendor ID from the original transaction is used on the expenditure transfer voucher. The accounting entry template for T-code 408 is used and a descriptive legal text entered to document the reason for the correction.

For questions, contact your agency’s Level 1 Help Desk support staff. Authorized Level 1 users may contact the CAPPS Help Desk for additional support.

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Agency Requirements for Cost Allocation Transactions

About these transactions

Agencies should complete cost allocation transactions within 30 days after the first, second and third fiscal year quarters, and within 60 days following the fiscal year end.

Note: These requirements are consistent with the time limits in Cost Allocation from Temporary Administrative and Support Appropriations (APS 025).

T-codes

Correcting expenditures previously charged to temporary agency accounts requires transfers with T-codes 303 and 304. Correcting prior period transactions requires T-codes 366 and 367, which allow backdating of the transaction effective date.

Document type

Transactions must be entered using Document Type J.

Batch type

Batch Types 4, 5 or 8 can be used.

Note to CAPPS Agencies: CAPPS agencies are considered a reporting agency and allocations are reflected in CAPPS.

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Changes to this Document
08/18/2017 Updated through the acts of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session
08/21/2015 Updated through the acts of the 84th Legislature, Regular Session; added CAPPS information
08/30/2013 Updated through the acts of the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session
08/26/2011 Updated through the acts of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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