Current Issue

Some of the articles below contain details about how Harvard administrative systems and processes are changing in response to COVID-19 and the current remote work environment. As this is an evolving situation, please refer to the departmental websites listed in the articles for the latest updates. The information contained herein was accurate as of March 11, 2021.

Policy Service Announcements (PSAs): Location of Activity and Harvard Donations

March 11, 2021

Indicate “Location of Activity” country when processing payments to Foreign Individuals and Foreign Entities

Harvard is required to indicate the “location of activity” when paying income to foreign individuals and foreign entities due to IRS tax withholding and reporting compliance needs. Most often, this is seen when the departments are asked to provide the country of the activity when processing payments in Accounts Payable. Generally, the location of the activity would be where a service is being performed or the location where fellowship income is expected to be utilized in support of one’s scholarship or research. Royalties, copyrights, and patents, such as those paid for the use of intellectual properties (i.e., industrial properties and software licenses), are considered U.S.-sourced if utilized by Harvard due to our U.S. location.... Read more about Policy Service Announcements (PSAs): Location of Activity and Harvard Donations

Responsibility of Purchasers, Preparers, and Approvers (ROPPA) Policy Updates and Training

March 11, 2021

Revised Responsibility of Purchasers, Preparers, and Approvers (ROPPA) Policy

The Responsibility of Purchasers, Preparers, and Approvers (ROPPA) Policy has been revised with a March 1, 2021 effective date. The revised policy has been updated to incorporate new financial systems (Buy-to-Pay and Concur) as well as the roles and responsibilities of individuals purchasing, processing or approving expenses on behalf of Harvard.... Read more about Responsibility of Purchasers, Preparers, and Approvers (ROPPA) Policy Updates and Training