Meals-Domestic Travel

Meal expenses incurred while traveling will be paid according to the IRS approved per diem rates.;

These rates are found on the internet at

These rates include taxes and tips on meals. They also include incidental expenses such as:

  • Fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses and
  • Transportation between places of lodging or business and places where meals are taken, if suitable meals cannot be obtained at the temporary duty site.

Incidental expenses do not include expenses for laundry, cleaning and pressing of clothing, lodging taxes, or the costs of telephone calls.

For both the day of departure and the day of return, the employee may claim 75% of the per diem rate.

The college will not separately reimburse for meals already paid for as part of the registration fee or other meals provided to the traveler. To deduct for meals provided use the chart below:

Meals & Incidental Expenses: Totals $51 $54 $59 $64 $69 $74
Breakfast $11 $12 $13 $15 $16 $17
Lunch $12 $13 $15 $16 $17 $18
Dinner $23 $24 $26 $28 $31 $34
Incidentals $5 $5 $5 $5 $5 $5