Daily Per Diem
Employees traveling overnight may be paid a per diem amount designed to cover the cost of meals (including taxes and tips.)
Per Diem allowances are calculated based on last location of the travel day. For non-overnight travel the calculation is based on the last business location. For overnight travel the calculation is based on the location of lodging for each night of travel.
Employees will no longer be reimbursed at 100% per diem for the first and last day of travel.
Travelers will receive 75% of allowable per diem on day of departure and return. For example: if $28 is total reimbursement, $28 x 0.75 = $21 allowable on travel departure and return day.
If a meal is provided at no cost in conjunction with travel on departure or return day, the full meals per diem reimbursement rate is reduced by full amount of the appropriate meals after the 75% proration. For example: per diem allows $28 total reimbursement for the day and if lunch was provided at no cost on travel departure or return, then the total reimbursable amount for the day would be $14 ($28 x 0.75 = $21 - $7[for lunch] = $14)
For non-overnight trips, travelers will receive 75% of the allowable Per Diem if traveler is away for more than 12 hours and more than 50 miles away from home or main campus.
Per Diem allowance rate is based on the Federal Per Diem rate, except while traveling within the State of Georgia. The per diem rate for Georgia is $28, except in high-cost counties (section 4.1.8) where the per diem rate is $36.
Per meal breakdown can be found in the Pocket Guide to Travel.
PLEASE NOTE: Out-of-state travel includes $5 "Incidentals" that are reimbursed as documented by receipts. In-state per diem does not include incidental expenses.
See Business Procedures Manual (Section 4.4) for complete per diem guidelines.
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