IRS Changing Substantiation Rules For Business Travel Expenses

July 19, 2011

Employers and business travelers get ready.  The Internal Revenue Service is changing its rules for substantiation of expenses for lodging, meal and incidental expenses incurred while traveling away from home on business.  

Announcement 2011-42, scheduled for Federal Register publication on August 8, will announce the IRS’ stop allowing taxpayers to use the high-low per diem method for substantiating lodging, meal, and incidental expenses incurred in traveling away from home. 

Along with its elimination of this substantiation method option, the IRS has announced it plans to publish a revenue procedure providing the general rules and procedures for substantiating these expenses (omitting the high-low substantiation method) and a notice providing the special transportation rate.  The IRS has announced that it plans to stop publishing the per diem revenue procedure annually but will publish changes as required.

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