How to manage expense claims and reimbursement, paperless

By greytHR
1 minute read ● September 18, 2013
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How to manage expense claims and reimbursement, paperless

What is an expense claim?

Usually, organizations reimburse the expenses incurred by employees towards business operations. Local Travel Fare, Accommodation Expenses, Money spent on Dining, Customer Visit Expenses, Parking Expense etc. are typical examples of such expenses. In all cases, a claim submission with proof of spending is necessary to reimburse the money and complete the claim process.

Based on the nature and size of the business, the scope of expense claims can range from simple to complex.

Can this be automated?

Certainly, whether the employee is eligible for a specific claim, whether he has claimed as per entitlement, fresh claim or duplicate etc. are some of the usual checks before the claim approval. If there are many claim transactions, month on month, managing the complete process in time is extremely tedious for Claim Reviewers and Accountants.
As the first step, define the scope and put a boundary for the entire claim process. For example, the following 5 steps could suffice the scope.

  1. Identify the claim types.
  2. Decide rules around a claim - who can claim, to what extent, how many times etc.
  3. Decide the claim review route - Reporting Manager, Business Head, HR etc.
  4. Decide information for claim processing - amount, bill date, receipt, bill etc.
  5. Monthly Reports Once you define the boundary, the next important activity is to find an automation solution.

Paperless Claims

Software as a Service has made even the automation of complex business processes simple, quick and affordable. There are several solutions available today, and it is a matter of spending some quality time evaluating a couple of them and arriving at a reliable solution to begin with.

Once you automate the claims process, you are going to enjoy the following benefits.

  • Seamless self-service portal to request, review and approve claims
  • Single-time data entry which can eliminate any errors. (employee can enter, and the manager and finance person can just approve)
  • Provision to upload bills and receipts
  • Track real-time status & no scope for unauthorized spend
  • Provision to build business rules and define approval levels
  • Reports to track total spending across expense heads and departments

SaaS solutions can help small businesses to set up and roll out expense claims within days.

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