Meals for Independent Contractors
All meals are reimbursed based on state set per diem rate. The meal per diem applies to all travelers whether they are employees, students, non employees or indpendent contractors. Receipts are not required to be reimbursed for your meals, since we only pay per diem. All tips for meals are inlcuded in the per diem rate allowed. Reimbursement for meals is normally allowed only when overnight travel is involved and when the travel destination is located at least 35 miles from the indpendent contractor regularly assigned duty station or home, which ever is less.
Meals you are eligible for
Meal eligibility is based on your specific departure and arrival dates and times on your travel authorization form and on the travel reimbursement form. Below is a list.
|On Day Trips if you|
|Breakfast||Depart before 6 a.m. and extend the day by 2 hours|
|Lunch||No lunch reimbursement on day trips|
|Dinner||Return after 8 p.m. and extend the day by 3 hours|
|For Breakfast and Dinner||Depart before 6 a.m. and return after 8 p.m. and extend your day by 5 hours|
|On Overnight Trips|
|Breakfast||Depart before 6 a.m.|
|Lunch||Depart before 10 a.m. or return after 2 p.m.|
|Dinner||Depart before 5 p.m. or return after 8 p.m.|
How to process meals on Paper Travel Reimbursement form for Independent Contractor
To enter meals you must go the column Subsistence and choose which meals you would like to reimburse the independent contractor based on what they are eligible for. Enter all meals that should be reimbursed . If any meals were included with the registration fee remove the meal, as it can not be claimed for reimbursement. When foreign travel is involved, foreign meal per diem rates do not start until the traveler arrives in the foreign country on the departing flight.
If the traveler is taken out by an employee as a group of people for a meal to conduct business then a Business Entertainment form must be completed. An original itemized receipt for the meal and business entertainment form must be submitted with the employee getting reimbursed. Any meals claimed as business entertainment can not be claimed under regular per diem meals for independent contractor. Business Entertainment can not be claimed by a Non-Employee however they can be part of the group out to eat.
Current Meal Per Diem Rates
The Office of State Budget and Management revised the meal per diem rates as of July 1, 2015.
|In-State||Out of State||Foreign|
|$8.30||U.S. Department of State|
|$10.90||U.S. Department of State|
|$21.30||U.S. Department of State|