IRS Approves New Per Diem Rates Effective October 1 2009

Courtesy of David and Mary Mellem, EAs

IRS has approved new per diem amounts for meals and lodging effective October 1, 2009. These are the same rates which the Federal government uses to reimburse Federal government employees and that we referred to in an email sent out on September 10, 2009.

Here are some of the changes:

MEALS & INCIDENTAL EXPENSES (M&IE)
M&IE rates increase to $46, 51, 56, 61, 66, and 71, a $7 increase over the previous rates. Therefore we will need to know if our clients incurred the M&IE expenses before October 1 (old rates from $39-$64) or after September 30 (new rates).

TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY
As we expected IRS raises the transportation industry amount to $59 for travel inside CONUS when the taxpayer is traveling among multiple per diem localities during the day. (Reminder: the allowable percentage of meals deductible for the transportation industry is 80% for 2008 and later years as previously set by Congress.) Again we will need to have a separate of the meals before October 1 and after September 30.

Some of the high-cost localities have changed for those employers using the High-Low Substantiation Method. Also as in past years, taxpayer have the choice of using the old or the new rates for the period from October 1st to December 31, 2009.

More details can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-09-47. The per diem rates can be found at www.gsa.gov.
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This text has been shared with you courtesy of: David & Mary Mellem, EAs & Ashwaubenon Tax Professionals, 920-496-1065 (fax 920-496-9111) davidmellem@yahoo.com, davidmellemea@yahoo.com, marymellemea@yahoo.com

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