Best Practices

What is Not Allowed

Other Considerations

Payment Types

Miscellaneous Payments are a way of making a one-time payment to Non-UW employees that are US Citizens, Resident Aliens and Nonresident Aliens in Workday. They can be issued for the following scenarios:

  • Non-UW employee services (formerly Payments to Individuals P2I)
  • Non-UW employee travel reimbursement
  • Non-UW employee non-travel reimbursement

Individuals with recurring or multiple payments will need to register as a vendor and pay through other Workday modules. 

Visit the Global Operations Support website for more information about paying foreign nationals


New! New guidance on the Miscellaneous Payment Enterprise Interface Builder (EIB)


In Workday:

Helpful Reports in Workday:

  • View Miscellaneous Payee 
  • Miscellaneous Payment Search R1372

Payment Types:                        


Best Practices

Miscellaneous Payee:

  • When entering a Miscellaneous Payee in Workday, please make sure the Miscellaneous Payee Category is either:
    • Domestic Payee (a non-UW student, non-UW employee who is a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien)
    • Foreign National Payee (a non-UW student, non-UW employee who is a Non-Resident Alien)
    • Student (a UW student who is a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien)
    • Student-Foreign (a UW student who is a Non-Resident Alien)
  • If the spend category used requires a Social Security Number (SSN), please make sure that only 9 digits are entered. Please do not enter any spaces.
    • The payee's SSN is only required if the spend category is 1099 reportable and the payee will receive $600 or more of reportable income in the calendar year.
  • If the payee does not have an SSN or an SSN is not required, please enter 9 zeros in the SSN field.
  • Please do not include any special characters (i.e.: period comma) in the payee's name when entering their information. 
  • The 1631 or 1632 forms can be used to determine if the individual being paid should be classified as an employee or independent contractor. Some of the questions on these forms have been built into the functionality as an attestation after submission. If you use the full PDF form as guidance and want to include this as documentation for the payment, block out the individual's tax ID for security. Do not have the tax ID visible on the document. 
  • If you are unsure whether a person should be considered an employee or independent contractor, the Tax Office has guidance and training on how to evaluate whether someone should be considered an employee or independent contractor.

Miscellaneous Payment:

  • To send a check via campus mail, please make sure "Campus Mail" is selected under the Handling Code and please enter the campus box number under Miscellaneous Field 7.
  • To send a check directly to the payee, please make sure the payee's address is entered under their Contact Information on Workday.
  • Payment Type:
    • Checks are recommended for payees that live in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
    • ACH should only be selected for domestic transactions (banks located within the United States)
    • Wire should only be selected for foreign transactions (banks located outside the United States)
  • When submitting a Miscellaneous Payment for Services, the spend category must be 1099 reportable. Please refer to the Miscellaneous Payment job aid for a list of spend categories that are allowable to use with Miscellaneous Payments.
  • For payments to Foreign National Payees, please upload all required documents to the Docusign Portal.
  • If an individual already has an active vendor number, use Supplier Invoice Request to make the payment.
  • If a service invoice is over the Direct Buy Limit, do not split the invoice into two different payments.
  • Do not submit a payment more than 2 weeks in advance of the service date.
  • The "Document Date" on the MP should always be the date of the activity.

What is Not Allowed

Payment Type

Instead Use

Individuals who have an active vendor number

Requisition or Supplier Invoice Request

Payment for goods (i.e. artwork or equipment)

Requisition or Supplier Invoice Request

Payment to a company or group

Requisition or Supplier Invoice Request

Current Employees (Exception: Royalties)

Payroll or Expense Report (Exception: Royalties and Contingent Worker) More information: Independent Contractor Policy

Student Employees


Former Employees

Will require review for appropriate classification. Contact

Clubs or groups assisting at UW athletic games

Supplier Invoice Request 


Other Considerations

If a check payment for an MP needs to be canceled:

Please visit the Check Cancelation page for guidance.

If the payment is over $10,000:

A buyer will be added to the Approval Flow

If the payee is a foreign national for honorarium:

The process for paying an honorarium to a foreign national (Nonresident Alien) when the event occurred on U.S. soil is complex because three separate government departments and the UW are involved:

  1. The Department of State issues the visa that allows a foreign national to apply for entry into the U.S.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security issues the form that permits a foreign national to enter the country.
  3. The Internal Revenue Service issues forms necessary for collecting taxes and applying for a tax identification number.
  4. The University of Washington collects forms.

Use the checklist, Inviting & Paying on Honorarium to a Foreign National for Academic Activities at the UW, to ensure all steps have been covered.

1099 Misc Tax Reporting Process:

As of January 2013, the University of Washington will be reporting all payments made to 1099 reportable suppliers (including travel expenses) on Form 1099 MISC. More information about this change can be found on the Tax Office website.





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