The goal of the Accounts Payable Office is to uphold the Business Office mission by providing high quality and efficient Accounts Payable services to students, faculty, staff, and administration. The Accounts Payable Office aims to provide:
- Clear, concise and timely dissemination of accounts payable policies and procedures
- A control to ensure proper approval of all expenditures
- Prompt and accurate processing of invoices and check requests
- Timely payment of invoices and check requests
- Professional and helpful interactions with the College community on all accounts payable matters
Accounts Payable audits all payment and reimbursement requests before issuing payments in accordance with College and federal policies and regulations. As part of the auditing process, the department ensures appropriate documentation is in place to support the business purpose of an expense in accordance with IRS regulations.
Check Run Schedule
Accounts Payable runs checks twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday morning, and checks are normally mailed on Wednesday and Fridays. During holiday weeks or inclement weather, the check run schedule may be changed. The campus community will be notified in advance when the schedule is changed.
There is a 10-business-day turnaround on reimbursements and payment processing. Please allow at least 10 business days before contacting the office regarding the status of a payment.
Lost or Stolen Checks
If a Centenary College check is lost or has not been received, contact Nikki Holmes at (318) 869.5126 so that a stop payment can be placed on the check. Please allow at least two weeks from the check date before requesting a stop payment, unless there is reason to believe the check has been stolen or misappropriated. Please know the vendor name, check amount, and approximate date the payment request was sent, so that we may identify the check more readily.
Mileage Reimbursement Policy
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating a personal car for business use. The new rate is 56.5 cents per mile is to be used for reimbursement requests for all mileage incurred on or after January 1, 2014.
The College will reimburse employees for the use of their personal vehicle used for College business. Reimbursement will be at the effective date and rate published by the Internal Revenue Service.
Mileage reimbursement is meant to cover only those miles incurred above and beyond the employee’s normal commute to his/her place of business. For example, if the normal commuting round trip is 20 miles, and the employee goes on a trip that covers 75 miles, only the incremental 56 miles are reimbursable. The number of days should also be taken into account. If the 75 miles in the above example were incurred over three business days, then the incremental reimbursable miles would be 15 (75 – (3 * 20)).
Reimbursement requests should indicate the points of travel and the miles eligible for reimbursement. Mileage reimbursement requests should be sent to Accounts Payable either separately or as part of a larger travel reimbursement request.