Presentation on theme: "Overview of Travel Policy"— Presentation transcript:
1 Overview of Travel Policy Presented By:John HarabedianTax Director2015
2 TAX DEPT WEBSITE http://uco.rutgers.edu/tax-services Taxation Topics Tax Exemption Letters and CertificatesTax LinksSenior Tax Accountant - Anelia Dolan (848)
3 TAX DEPT WEBSITE Tax Topics: Sales and Use Tax Guidelines and ResourcesDetermining Worker Status: Employee or Independent Contractor(PSP policy)Student Worker Tax ExemptionsPayments to Nonresident AliensMiscellaneous Payments to Individuals, Awards, Grants, Stipends, and HonorariaEducation Tax Benefits
4 TAX EXEMPT STATUSRutgers has dual status as a state instrumentality (Govt entity) and also as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization.Rutgers is exempt from NJ State sales tax.Exemption letters can be obtained from the Tax Department, and/or tax websiteHotel Occupancy tax
5 TABER & AUDIT HISTORY Original Internal Audit Report Board of Governor MandateSCI ReportOther external auditsApprover ResponsibilitiesRutgers Audit Process
6 Purpose of Travel, Travel Incidentals, and Meal Expense Policy (40. 4 To make travelers, approvers, deans, directors, and department heads aware of their respective roles and responsibilities when submitting and approving travel and business-related expenses.More restrictive rules/policies may be specified by the deans, directors, and department heads of individual schools, divisions, departments, and/or by the funding source(s), such as external sponsors.To ensure that reimbursements made to university employees will not be considered taxable income under IRS regulations by maintaining an “accountable plan”.
7 “ IRS-Accountable Plan” Must meet all 3 of the following conditions or the expenses may be taxable to the traveler:There must be a business connection.All business expenses must be substantiated (date, amount, place, and business expense being submitted to the employer within a reasonable time period).Employees are required to return all advance amounts in excess of substantiated expenses.Unallowed expenses must be deducted at the end of the TABER in the “Less Amount Disallowed” field or simply not recorded in a TABER amount.
8 RU TRAVEL.RUTGERS.EDU Rutgers Policy 40.4.1 TABER form Per diem meal rates-domestic & foreign & IRS ratesOanda currency conversionMapquest for mileageRU Travel agenciesFAQ’sLost receipt form
9 Travel And Business Expense Report (TABER form) Used for requesting reimbursement for employees out-of-pocket expenses incurred while traveling on University business.Also used to reimburse other University business related expenses such as business meals.Can be used to purchase small incidental items under $500 according to the purchasing guidelines.
10 RBHS Travel forms RBHS requires pre- approval before travel is planned RBHS Travel Approval/Advance formRBHS Travel Expense formRBHS Forms are located at: https://my.umdnj.edu/cp/home/displaylogin
11 Image Now-Scanning Process TABER (Travel and Business Expense Report) When submitting a TABER, the legacy Rutgers Accounts Payable Department requires receipts be taped on all 4 sides to an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper so that it can be scanned. You can submit multiple receipts on a page but do not stack receipts one behind the other on a single sheet. Any receipt that is already 8-1/2 x 11 in size or larger can be sent as with TABER. Please do not staple receipts to the TABER.RBHS (Travel expense forms) requires same procedures for scanning. No staples, tape all receipts for scanning.
12 A/P Procedures TABERS arrive in ASB mail room and are date stamped Tax Dept selection for auditPrepared, scanned by AP staffInput and charged to accountDaily payroll file - for paymentRBHS same process at Liberty Plaza
13 Travel AdvancesGenerally requested for hotel deposit, transportation, meals & incidentals.Must use the Travel Advance Form (TAF) available on the RIAS websiteRBHS-Travel Approval Advance reportRequests for greater than $100 per day of travel must have a justification letter attached request.Will not be issued more than 2 weeks prior to the traveler’s departure date.Exception – Transportation expenses can be distributed up to 90 days in advance of departure date.
14 Travel Advances (cont’d) Settled by submitting TABER or RBHS Travel Expense Report with appropriate receipts within 60 days of the traveler’s return to work.Must be settled before subsequent advances are issued.Alternative - check request if possible for conference registration or hotelSend requests to Division of University Accounting, ASB, Busch Campus, attn: Lisa Robinson. Questions (x ).RBHS travel advance contact Gary Kucsan at
15 Expense Report Requirements Detail of the business reason or purpose for the expenditure, Clear explanations.Itemization and all original receipts for every expense over $50,( except meals.)Original signature of the individual traveler requesting reimbursement, andApproval of the TABER by the traveler’s supervisor or the supervisor’s designee who does not report to the traveler.Traveler must submit the expense report within 60 days.TABERs submitted beyond one year after the date(s) of travel will not be reimbursed
16 Reimbursable Travel Expenses Commercial AirUniversity will reimburse only for coach class tickets aboard a regularly scheduled commercial carrier.For reimbursement of airline ticket purchases, proof of payment for the airline ticket. Boarding passes when possible are to be submitted with the TABER.Commercial Bus/Rail FaresReimbursement will be the reasonable actual cost. The ticket stub or a detailed receipt must show the fare..
17 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Lodging ReservationsThe trip must be more than 100 miles one-way. Exceptions must be approved, explained and included in the reimbursement request and attached to the TABER.The original receipted hotel bill must substantiate the expenses and must specify rate, date(s) of stayProof of Hotel payment must be attached to TABER.
18 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Car RentalMust be a business justification or when there is no other means of transportation.Reimbursement only to the traveler who signed the rental agreementOriginal receipts for car rentals and the rental contract must be attached to the TABER.Should obtain Collision Damage WaiverGround TransportationIncludes business miles from the traveler’s home, or from their work site to the airport, bus, or cents per mile in Commuting miles are not reimbursedA Component of the Business/Accounting/Certificate Program.
19 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses (3 options)Option 1) Reimbursement for actual expenses up to $60 per day.Submit itemized original receipts with proof of payment. Provide details and purpose of meeting.Do not seek reimbursement for a meal that is included in travel, such as at a conference. Conference agenda is required to substantiate meals provided at conference.Individual meal expense must be a reasonable portion of the $60/day option..
20 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses:Option 2) Meal allowance – no receipts: $50 per day from major city chart on travel web siteMust be prorated for any day meals are provided at a conference.This option must be used for entire trip.Prorated daily allowance for departure and arrival times on travel dates
21 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses:Option 3) IRS federal per diem rate from travel web siteThis option must be used for entire trip.Must be prorated for any day meals are provided at a conference.Prorated daily allowance for departure and arrival times on travel dates
22 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses:% of meal per diem rate when a meal is provided at conference:breakfast %lunch %dinner %
23 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses:% of meal per diem for departure date12:01 am to 7:00am %7:01am to 1:00pm %1:01pm to 7:00pm %7:01pm to 12:pm %.
24 Reimbursable Travel Expenses (cont’d) Employee Meal Expenses:% of meal per diem for arrival or return date12:01 am to 7:00am %7:01am to 1:00pm %1:01pm to 7:00pm %7:01pm to 12:pm %.
25 Business Expenses Business Meals for Meetings Receipts must be original, itemized and include the provider’s name and date, the name(s) of any other person included on the bill, and purpose of the meeting.Receipt must indicate that bill was paid. Credit card receipts alone are not acceptable.To determine if business meal expense is appropriate, consult with your supervisor who should use professional judgment in determining whether:Topic of discussion (meeting) warrants use of University funds for meal expense.Benefit derived from incurring expense is most effective, efficient and productive way to use university resources.Fund are available.
26 Business ExpensesUNDER $500 small goods and services for emergency purposesAll violations must be sent to purchasing dept for one time approval if appropriateUse purchasing dept for goods and services over $500
27 Relocation/Moving Expenses Rutgers Policy LibraryNon taxable employee moving expenses:Actual moving of household goods, one way airline fare per person, or cents per mile in 2015, and hotel if traveling on ground.Taxable moving expensesReimbursement for any other moving expenses, including house hunting, meals, storage and temporary housing will be reported as gross wages through Payroll on a W-2 form .
28 International Travel Policy Rutgers Policy LibraryGAIA-Global Advancement and Int’l Affairs policy to inform and protectEmployees must //travelregistration.Rutgers.eduRisk Mgt issues Int’l SOS – an Emergency Travel Assistance PlanSOS plan for medical, security and travel assistance
29 Examples of Noncompliance Missing the reason or business purpose for the reimbursement.Approving of TABER by subordinates.Failing to provide receipts for all expensesExpenses that are not Rutgers business-related.Charging alcohol on state and grant accounts.Meals included in the cost of conference/meeting feesCharging a higher per mileage rate for use of personal car than allowed by the University.Seeking reimbursement for mileage and gas expense concurrently.Seeking reimbursement for a spouse or family member’s travel costs.
30 Subcode Review Commonly Used: 3490 Travel Advances 3500 Travel/Meals 3510 Travel-Recruitment3520 Travel-Domestic-DGCA3530 Travel-Foreign-DGCA3540 Travel-Consult-DGCA3550 Employee Moving Exp3560 Training3590 Registration/Conf. FeesFor a full listing of expense type sub codes see the SC screen on OFIS.
31 Expense Report References Regulations and Procedural ManualTravel, Travel Incidentals and Meal Expense PolicyPolicies and Procedures Concerning Employee RelocationTravel Website See Responsibilities.Call Dept. Business managerTax Dept-Terri Shields, Taber compliance