Making Purchases Using the P-Card

The cardholder is the only person authorized to make purchases using their P-Card. Do not give the card or card number to anyone else to use.

  • Determine that the P-Card is the most appropriate method to use.
  • Make sure the items are not on the Restricted Items List.
  • Be certain that the total amount will not exceed card limits (including shipping and handling). Do not split a transaction into small amounts to avoid dollar limits on your card.
  • Determine that the price is the best you can obtain.
  • Ensure that no sales tax is charged.
  • Obtain itemized receipt at time of purchase.

Sales Tax Exemption - SALES TAX EXEMPT NO. 12179945-002-STC

It is the cardholder's responsibility to ensure that no sales tax is charged when making a purchase with the P-Card. If sales tax is charged in error, the cardholder must request a credit from the merchant as soon as possible. The University is usually exempt from ALL sales tax, even when purchasing items from out-of-state suppliers, because the application of sales tax is determined by the location of the buyer. A copy of the Utah State Tax Commission Exemption Certificate is available from the Purchasing Department.

Food and Business Meals, Awards, Gifts, Flowers

P-Cards may be used to purchase these items provided the purchases comply with policy restrictions (See PPM 5-25j).

Food purchases (restaurant or grocery) made in accordance with the above referenced policy must be documented by a receipt, list of participants, meeting purpose, and are subject to supervisory approval. The information may be documented on the receipt or on the optional Purchasing Card Hosting Documentation Form. (PDF)

Food purchases in excess of $200 - All purchases of food products in excess of $200 for events that take place on campus must be provided by the food service company - the current provider is Sodexo. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in advance by the company's General Manager and the Shepherd Union Director.

Purchases made by Phone, Fax, Mail or On-Line

By Phone, Fax or Mail - Follow general instructions for making purchases listed above

Phone: Use the Purchasing Card Telephone Order form (PDF) (necessary in case an itemized
receipt is not received). If the supplier requires a PO number in addition to your credit card
number, give them the number AMST-_____ (last 4 digits of your p-card number).

Fax: Retain a copy of the order form and fax confirmation for your records. You are urged NOT to mail the original to the company to prevent a duplicate order. If the company does require that the original be sent, clearly mark it Aconfirmation@ and Aorder placed by fax.@

Mail: Retain a copy of the order form and the address to which it was mailed. Request a receipt for your records.

Internet Purchases: It is recommended for making a purchase over the internet, that it is with a company you know is reliable and/or have used traditional procurement methods in the past. Be sure the website is a secure site. If you are not comfortable giving your number over the internet, some companies allow the option of placing the order on-line and following up with a card number by telephone. Do a Screen Print of your order confirmation for documentation purposes if the option to print is not made available to you.