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📝 Set up Play By the Rules to collect more receipts (Admin)
📝 Set up Play By the Rules to collect more receipts (Admin)

Set limits on late receipts and the delay spenders have to provide receipts before their cards' usage is blocked.

Updated over a week ago

About Play by the rules - the feature

Play by the Rules is available on all billing plans.

As the account admin or owner, this feature allows you to set a maximum time limit to provide the receipts and the maximum number of overdue receipts allowed before the user is blocked for any card use (physical or virtual single-use). These restrictions will encourage users to provide their receipts on a regular basis. 🏅

In addition to a Spending policy, you can now add control after payment and be legally compliant.

It is possible to set a rule on receipts to Requesters and Account owners as well.

Start using Play by the Rules

Head over to Settings > Members > Rules and Policies and check the Standard Control Rule.

This pre-existing rule sets that the user has 7 days to provide the receipt (after this delay, the receipt will be late) and has a maximum of 5 receipts overdue. If this limit is reached, the user won't be able to generate new virtual cards and use their physical card. They will still be able to use subscription cards (recurring cards). The user can unlock himself by providing one or several late receipts.

We have pre-selected these settings because they have been efficient on several organisations to encourage good habits without blocking the user too often. However, you can always edit it to adapt it to your situation.

To have this rule running on your account, assign users to this rule by clicking on the rule and selecting the members.

Create a new rule

To do so:

Once on your Admin or Account owner account, head over to Settings.

From there, tap Members and Rules and Policies.

To create a new rule, choose Create new rule > Control on receipts.

  • Choose a name for your rule.

  • Add a maximum number of late receipts.

  • Add a maximum number of days to provide those receipts.

  • Select Assign members at the bottom of the pop-up.

  • Select one or several members' names :

  • Click on "Create control rule".

  • All new members under the rule will be notified by email.

Edit a rule

To edit a rule,

  • click on Settings.

  • Choose Members.

  • Go to Rules and policies.

  • Click on the rule you want to edit, for example "Play by the rules".

Please note that changing a rule might affect current receipt situations: if a user was allowed 5 late receipts, has 4 now and the rule is changed to 3 authorized late receipts, he will be blocked.

  • You can either edit the rule itself:

  • or the members.

When editing a rule, all members under the rule will receive an email notification:

Assign a custom rule to a member

You can assign a custom control rule to a member if necessary and edit it at any time. Let' say you have one user with a very specific situation, you can create a specific control rule for this user.

  • Go to Settings.

  • Choose Members.

  • Pick the member in question.

  • Click on Edit profile.

  • Go to Control on information.

  • Choose a custom rule or your new rule.

How does it work for the user

Requester Dashboard

On their dashboard, Requesters have an overview of payments with missing receipts.

They see payments in different colors depending on their status: still in the timeframe, soon late or late.

If they've reached their limit of late receipts, then they will lose access to their Physical and Virtual cards, they can unblock themselves by providing the receipts.

Please note that existing subscription cards will keep running.


Requesters will be warned when they are about to be blocked with an email notification, mobile notification (if they have downloaded the mobile app) and Slack notification if they have linked their Spendesk account to Slack.

They will also be notified when they are blocked so that they can immediately unblock themselves by uploading their receipts.

Follow the status of receipts in the payments tab and welcome page (Controllers and AOs)

👉🏻 In the Payments tab, 4 colors of receipts now indicate their status:

  • Green for provided.

  • Blue for receipts still in the upload timeframe - the user will probably update them soon.

  • Orange for urgent receipts.

  • Red for late receipts.

👉🏻 On the homepage, Controllers will find a leaderboard helping them keeping track of people with late receipts.

What is the difference between a missing receipt and a late receipt?

  • A missing receipt is a receipt that has not been uploaded yet on Spendesk. As soon as the payment appears on the platform, the receipt is considered as missing. It is not particularly worrying because some receipts might arrive a bit later than the transaction (one or two days after). This is why we've introduced the notion of late receipt.

  • A late receipt is a receipt that has not been uploaded by the user during the authorized delay that was initially set up. So if you have set up a delay of 5 days to upload a receipt, a receipt become late on the 6th day. This one requires your attention because it means that the user didn't respect the rules. And if he reaches the maximum number of late receipts that was set up, the user will be blocked.

Play by the rules and subscription cards

This feature does not apply to subscription cards as it might block companies in their tools' everyday use.

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