I have obtained many inquiries lately from clients regarding how Per Diem works and whether the Per Diem is taxable income to employees. This seems to be a relevant question that causes a lot of confusion for many employers, as well as for employees. So how exactly does Per Diem work? Must it be substantiated (accounted for)?
Let me start first by detailing what Per Diem is. The IRS allows companies to reimburse employee business expenditures using Per Diem rates (established each year by the IRS). There will vary types of expense reimbursements that the IRS allows. Some of these reimbursements must be substantiated in order to receive the reimbursement.
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Other types of reimbursements don’t need to be substantiated. Per Diem is a established amount the IRS allows for reimbursements that is TAX FREE income to the employee. Once per season Per Diem rates are established by the IRS, calendar year following the date the rates are set and are best for one.
Per Diem rates are good from October 1 through September 30. The Per Diem rates vary depending on location. Per Diem rates are made of two parts: Lodging and Meals & Incidental Expenses (M&IE). DAY for just about any given location The combined Lodging and M&IE rates are the maximum allowed Per Diem PER. Locations are the continental USA (CONUS).
Each condition has its specific Per Diem rate, with many state governments having additional rates assigned to specific cities and/or counties within the specific state. See IRS Publication 1542 for specific Per Diem rates. You can find maximum rates arranged for each of the two components that define the total allowable Per Diem.
Maximum rates for Lodging are distinct from the utmost rates for M&IE. The two rates combined constitute the total allowable Per Diem rate that can be utilized by an company to reimburse expenditures incurred by employees. Using the IRS Per Diem rates to reimburse expenses is probably the simplest way for employers to reimburse employees for business-related travel expenditures, since these expenditures don’t need to be substantiated.
However, an employer shouldn’t use the Per Diem method to reimburse employees when there is reason to believe that an employee didn’t truly incur Lodging and/or M&IE expenditures. In this full case, the company should implement an ACCOUNTABLE PLAN that can be used company-wide for many employees. There is certainly another reimbursement plan open to employers, called an UNACCOUNTABLE PLAN. Under an UNACCOUNTABLE PLAN, different rules apply. This post will not cover the guidelines and requirements which apply to UNACCOUNTABLE PLANS. To summary, employers who reimburse employees using IRS Per Diem rates may do so and never have to substantiate the expenses (as outlined above).
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