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Personal Mileage

Personal Mileage is always a reimbursable expense upon completion of the travel.

Regular Mileage Reimbursement for a trip

Actual business mileage is calculated for direct mileage between points on the traveler’s itinerary.   Mileage in excess of this requires a written explanation of the business purpose. Mileage will be calculated from the traveler’s duty station or home, whichever is closer. A mileage calculator is on our webpage listing commonly visited cities. If the city needed is not listed, use Mapquest.com to obtain mileage.  Attach the printout to the travel reimbursement.   When using a personal vehicle for state business the standard mileage rate of 54 cents set by the IRS is reimbursable when round trip is under 75 miles .For round trips over 75 miles the rate of 34 cents per mile will be reimbursed per the Office of State Budget Management (OSBM). The reimbursement rate is dependent on the round trip mileage not the availability of a rental car. No reimbursement shall be made for the use of a personal vehicle when commuting from an employee’s home to his/her duty station.

Monthly Mileage-Local Reimbursement

If you have local travel that you do on a regular basis this is considered monthly mileage. You will need to complete a mileage log. This form can be found on our webpage under Forms. You will need to record the miles driven, where you went and the purpose of the trip. An original mileage log should be kept with accurate records of miles driven for official university business and should be submitted with the travel reimbursement. Faxed or copied mileage logs are not acceptable. When using a personal vehicle for state business the standard mileage rate of 54 cents set by the IRS, is used when round trip is under 75 miles. For round trips over 75 miles the rate of 34 cents per mile will be reimbursed per the Office of State Budget Management (OSBM)  No reimbursement shall be made for the use of a personal vehicle when commuting from an employee’s home to his/her duty station. Monthly mileage logs should be submitted each month by the 10th of the month.

How to process in E-Travel

Mileage should be entered into E-Travel in the top half under Transportation. Once you select Transportation you will click on Personal Mileage. You will see the current rate in the box, if you need to lower the rate, please adjust the rate amount and enter the miles driven into the other box. For additional steps please see our Step-by-Step Guide.

photoCourtesy Cars

Courtesy Cars are cars that are donated for certain employees to drive. The procedures listed below should be followed:

  • Must use current Courtesy Car Mileage form (see Forms).
  • Due by 5th of each month for previous month’s mileage.
  • Odometer mileage must equal total mileage for personal  & business columns.
  • Beginning monthly mileage must equal ending previous month’s mileage.
  • Must submit the original and extra copy for General Accounting.
  • Commuting and lunch mileage is always personal mileage.  Employee will be taxed on this mileage and not reimbursed by department (non-business mileage)
  • Mileage from home to work is considered commuting mileage and, therefore, is not reimbursable. This includes after hours mileage to return to work and week end trips back to work. This mileage will be included in personal mileage and be taxed accordingly.
  • Please make sure that you put where you went to and from, the purpose and the number of miles on the mileage log.

Mileage Rate

. The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has modified the personal vehicle mileage reimbursement rates effective January 1, 2016. For round trips that do not exceed 75 miles, individuals may be reimbursed up to the current IRS business rate of 54 cents per mile (decreased from 57.5 cents in 2015). For round trips exceeding 75 miles, a rate of 34 cents per mile will be reimbursed. The reimbursement rate is dependent on the round trip mileage not the availability of a rental car.


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