Annual Financial Report User Guide

Note: To search the user guide, simultaneously press the "ctrl" and "f" key on your keyboard and it will open up a "Find" box within the browser. Then type in the word or characters you want to find. For example, investments.

To find your web browser version number:

  • In Firefox click the “Help” menu, and then select “About Mozilla Firefox”.
  • In Google Chrome click the “Customize and Control” button and then select “About Google Chrome”.

Basic Internet and Computer Guides

If you are not very familiar with computers, you may benefit from a tutorial before proceeding with the Gateway program. Some basic internet and computer guides are listed below.

Logging into Gateway

Once you have entered, the login screen will appear. If you know your User Name (which is your e-mail address) and your password, you may enter them in the login box and click on the “Log In” button.


If you have forgotten your password, you may click on the “Forgot your password?” link. This will direct you to enter your User Name (which is your e-mail address).  When you click “Submit”, a new password will be e-mailed to you at the e-mail address in your profile which may be different than your User Name.  If you don’t receive the new password at the expected address, contact us at and we can resynchronize the addresses.  After using this new password to log in, this initial password should be changed by clicking “Account Settings” and clicking on the “Change Password” link.

After logging in, you will see the applications page.  Click on the "Annual Financial Report" link.



Selecting a Unit and Year

Once you select the Annual Financial Report application, a list of local units that have been assigned to your User Name will appear. For most users, this will be only your local unit. Additional local units may appear if you have been given permission to enter or review information on behalf of another local unit. Click on the name of the desired local unit to proceed.


Then hover your mouse over the year you want to view or update and click on the year.


For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

New for 2016

Risk Assessment (Applies to Cities, Towns, Townships, Libraries and Special Districts)

The Risk Assessment questions have been revised from last year.  Also, the Risk Assessment form can be saved even though it is partially completed. A checkbox has been added to the bottom of the form so that you can show that it is complete.

Internal Control Certification

Per IC 5-11-1-27 the fiscal officer must certify that minimum internal control standards have been adopted and that personnel have received training on these standards. There are two new questions on the Unit Questions screen that must be answered to fulfill this requirement. You are NOT required to upload an internal control certification. For more information on Internal Control Standards, please see our website.

Public Official Surety Bonds (Applies to Counties, Cities, Towns, Townships, Solid Waste Management Districts and Conservancy Districts)

Per  IC 5-4-1-5.1 in addition to the Public Official Surety Bonds for certain officials that were required to be uploaded last year, you also must upload and enter information regarding other employees and contractors that are required to be bonded per the statute. 

New Funds and Receipts

There are new funds for cities, towns and counties. Please see our website for information on the new funds here: Fund Table.

There are new receipt classifications for cities, towns, counties, libraries and special districts. Please see our website for information on the new receipt classifications here:  Receipt Table.

Voluntary Contract Upload

This option has been removed.

Financial Assistance to NonGovernmental Entities

The Description of Funding on the Financial Assistance to NonGovernmental Entities screen has been changed to a drop down list with the following selections: Fee For Service, State or Local Grant and Federal Pass-thru Grant. 

After answering the questions, click on the "Click here to Save Form" button.  If you have errors, you will see a list of the errors in red at the top of the screen indicating whether there are missing required fields as shown below. There will also be an error message in red next to the questions that are not completed. The form is saved and you may exit the screen.  The questions that were answered will be saved and you can return later to complete the form.

If there were no missing fields, then you will see the message "Form Saved" as shown below.



In order to submit your AFR, you must complete the risk assessment and then check the box as shown below to show that it is complete.  You will have a submission error, if the risk assessment is not completed and the box is not checked.


If you still need assistance creating the documents to upload, there are many businesses that provide this service for a small fee such as Staples, Office Depot, Kinko's, etc. You can also ask your local library or another nearby governmental unit for assistance.

Click on the “Browse” button and navigate to the folder in your computer that contains the pdf file you want to upload. Once the appropriate folder appears in the “Look in:” box, click on the file name so that the file name appears in the “File name:” box. Click the “Open” button. The file name will then appear next to the “Browse” button. Click the “Upload File” button.

After the file is uploaded, the date and time it was uploaded is displayed on the screen along with a link to click to view the file. You should click the link to verify that the correct file was uploaded. If there was an error and you need to upload a different file, click the “Reset Upload” button. Then click the “Browse” button and select another file to upload.