Special Per Diem Rates

Post Date: 9/27/13
Last Updated: 10/3/13

Summary

Cross References
- Notice 2013-65

The high-low substantiation method can be used by employers to pay employees a per diem travel allowance (hotels, meals, and incidentals) instead of using various rates that apply at different locations. By using this special per diem rate method, only two rates apply in the Continental United States (CONUS). The special high-low method is used only by employers to reimburse employees for their travel expenses. It cannot be used by employees or self-employed taxpayers to determine their un-reimbursed business expense deductions. Employer reimbursements within these limits are considered substantiated.

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