|Responsible University Administrator:||Vice President of Finance and Administration|
|Responsible Officer:||Director of Procurement and Contract Services|
|Current Revision Date:||02/20/13|
|Next Review Date:||02/20/17|
|End of Policy Date:||N/A|
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
If you are concerned about appropriate hiring/payment procedures, first determine if the worker (payee) is a resident of the United States. If the worker is not a resident of the United States, please contact the Tax Compliance Officer at 601-266-4102.
Following are payments that must be processed through Human Resources and Payroll:
Please note that any remittance vouchers submitted for the payment types described above will be returned to the department in order for the appropriate employment form (Personnel Action Form, Single Payment Form, and additional tax forms) to be prepared. For guidance on the appropriate employment form to submit and on proper completion of the form, please contact Human Resources at 266-4050.
Please refer to the following table for documentation required:
|Payments for which NO Determination||Personal Services Contract Required||Form W9 Required||Original Receipts Required||Original Invoice Required|
|When the combined compensation to the contractor is less than $100 (either in one engagement or what can be reasonably be expected to be multiple engagements). Exception: Regardless of the payment amount, pay must be processed through HR/Payroll if the payee is currently employed by the university.||No||Yes||Only if being reimbursed for actual travel expenses||Yes|
|Guest performers or artists who are not otherwise affiliated with the university.||Yes||Yes||Only if being reimbursed for actual travel expenses||No; however, if the university's PSC is not attached, a copy of the signed (both parties) agreement must be attached|
|Guest lecturers or speakers brought to the university for a very short duration because of their expertise.||No||Yes||Only if being reimbursed for actual travel expenses.||Yes|
|Consultant payments for services. **If a restricted account is charged, Sponsored Programs Administration will verify that any additional paperwork required is on file.||Yes||Yes||**||**|
|Consultant expense reimbursements only- No Services (object code 5780)||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Consultant expense reimbursements in addition to payment for services||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Reimbursements to employees such as travel and supply costs||No||Yes||Yes if applicable||No|
|Prospective employee recruiting expenses||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Honorarium payments given to professional persons for services for which fees are not legally or traditionally required. *Honoraria should NOT be charged to restricted funds.||No||Yes||Only if being reimbursed for actual travel expense||No|
|Stipends that do NOT require services such as participation in a research study UNLESS payee is a current employee. If a restricted account is charged, Sponsored Programs Administration will verify with the Principal Investigator that no services were rendered and will make a notation to this effect.||No||Yes||Yes||No|
For any payment submitted on a remittance voucher that appears to be questionable as to the worker's status as an independent contractor versus an employee, the remittance voucher will be returned to the department so that a determination checklist can be completed. However, the determination should be made BEFORE engaging the worker. Should you have any questions as to the proper classification of a worker, please call Cheryl Waldrup at 601-266-4102.
For those payments that the classification status has been appropriately classified as that of an independent contractor, a completed form W-9, Personal Services Contract and an original invoice (signed by the contractor/payee) should be attached to the remittance voucher.If the proper paperwork is not submitted (employment forms or substantiation of independent contractor status), payment will be delayed until receipt of required documentation.
The Director of Procurement and Contract Services is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
02/20/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.