group of expenses for a single resource, vendor, subcontractor, or soft costs
An expense document is a virtual container for individual expenses. Projector supports four different types that fulfill various roles. The list below gives you a short description of each type and when you might use it.
Permissions and Settings
Please see the help pages for each expense document type to learn about special permissions that may apply to that type.
Each document is associated with exactly one cost center. The cost center is assigned at the time of document creation. This is for two reasons. First we need to determine the routing for accounting transactions based on cost center. By binding it early, we prevent any inaccurate routing down the road. Second, the permissions around who can approve expenses for payment vouchers and invoicing is determined by cost center. Early binding of cost center keeps this person consistent throughout the document's life cycle.
Even though cost cards are grouped onto an expense document, the approval process allows for any individual cost card to be pushed through the approval process separate from other cards on the document. So we don't cover approvals in this section. Rather, see the Configure Expense Approval help page.
The ability to create expense documents is driven by a few different settings.
- Create Expense Report document - can be created through Expense Entry by any resource. Can be created in management portal by anyone with the cost center permission Maintain Expenses.
- Create Vendor Invoice document - requires the cost center permission Maintain Vendor Invoices
- Create Subcontractor Invoice document - requires the cost center permission Maintain Subcontractor Invoices
- Create Soft Cost document - requires the cost center permission Maintain Soft Costs
Receipts may be attached to each document type as a whole, encompassing all cost cards on the document, or to individual cost cards. Receipts can also be locked down so they cannot be modified after approval. These settings are set on the System Settings Editor Cost Tab.
Expense documents may no longer have expenses added once all the expenses are marked Approved to Pay. You can optionally tighten this restriction to expense reports where all cards are marked Approved with the system setting Lock expense documents when fully approved.