School revenue balances 2022-23 Schools' revenue balances for 2022-23 (xls format, 24Kb). Closedown 2022-23 The last day of the Spring term will be 31 March 2023. This coincides with the last day of the financial year. Take care in this period to ensure that only transactions relating to 2022-23 are entered into SAP. Schools must complete the necessary closedown tasks as early as possible and not process any accounting transactions (raise POs, goods received, pay invoices, process journals etc.) after 31 March. Payroll charges, procurement card transactional details and other end-of-month payments relating to March processed by the OCC (through Hampshire IBC) will, however, be made into schools’ accounts and posted into what will be at that time the “old” financial year (2022-23). Schools do not need to account for year-end accruals. Other council directorates supplying services (meals and cleaning costs) to schools have been asked to ensure that their charges are processed into school accounts before the end of the financial year or, if not material, carried over into next year (2023-24). Schools are, therefore, asked to give priority to any internal trading documents they receive during the final months of the financial year and process them promptly. Given the above, it is expected that the schools’ balances will be compiled and provisionally confirmed before the end of May 2023. Schools will continue to have access to their historical financial records and will be able to include a near exact 2022-23 balance in their budget plans for 2023-24, long before any confirmation of the figures is issued by the council. The following returns/actions are needed: Capital return The capital return pre-populated from your SAP account will be made available to schools around Monday, 20 March 2023. Schools will be asked to confirm the figures and return them to graham.clare@Oxfordshire.gov.uk by no later than 31 March 2023. School capital template (xlsx format, 744KB) Lease return A lease return is to be completed this year for all new leases entered into in 2022-23. This return is to be submitted by no later than 24 March 2023 to email@example.com (this is a change to the email address from previous years) 2022-23 School Year-End Lease Return (xlsx format, 48Kb) Local Expenditure Accounts Schools are required to reconcile expenditures processed through this account and ensure that the account is topped up before year-end. Schools are required to complete an annual non-pay benefits return (reference P11D return). The IBC is required to make annual returns to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) showing all non-pay benefits provided to employees for itself and its partner organisations (including Oxfordshire). Details of all benefits and the employees who received them need to be provided, and a request for this information and an explanation of what is required are attached. These returns should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2023. Common Non-Pay Benefits (docx format, 37Kb) Voluntary Funds Any funds held outside of the IBC, where either the Governing Body or a member of staff form part of the administration of the fund, must complete an annual submission to the School’s Financial Adviser in Education Finance Services of audit audited accounts and management letter. This should be done no later than 30 September 2023. Key dates DATE WHO ACTION End of Each Month School Undertake and process all month-end tasks as required. If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s named Education Finance Services (EFS) finance adviser. End of Each Month School Review possible capital coding errors (cost centre and/or GL coding) and correct Provisional Monday 13 March 2023 School All transactions relating to schools' capital accounts to be completed. Monday 20 March 2023 Corporate Finance Capital return pre-populated from SAP account made available to schools. Friday 24 March 2023 Corporate Finance and Schools Schools to validate their pre-populated capital return figures and return to Corporate Finance. Friday 24 March 2023 School The due date for submission of lease returns. Last date to process any internal trading requests Friday 31 March 2023 School Last date for schools to enter invoices relating to goods and services for 2022-23 for spending to be included in 2022-23. If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s named Education Finance Services (EFS) Finance Advisor.