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Can the per diem be applied on travel days? For example, my husband leaves home at 2:00 AM on a Monday morning to drive to his work location. Can he receive per diem?

 
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AmyT
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Can the per diem be applied on travel days? For example, my husband leaves home at 2:00 AM on a Monday morning to drive to his work location. Can he receive per diem?

Yes, the per diem rate can be applied to travel days.

From the IRS website:

QuestionFor business travel, are there limits on the amounts deductible for meals?

Answer:
  • Meal expenses are deductible if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Meal expenses are also deductible if the meal is business-related entertainment. You can figure all your travel meal expenses using either of the following methods:
    • Actual cost. If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost.
    • The standard meal allowance, which is the federal meals and incidental expense (M&IE) per diem rate. The GSA website lists these rates by location. Note that lower rates apply for the first and last days of travel.
  • The deduction for unreimbursed business meals is generally subject to a 50% limitation.

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AmyT
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Can the per diem be applied on travel days? For example, my husband leaves home at 2:00 AM on a Monday morning to drive to his work location. Can he receive per diem?

Yes, the per diem rate can be applied to travel days.

From the IRS website:

QuestionFor business travel, are there limits on the amounts deductible for meals?

Answer:
  • Meal expenses are deductible if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Meal expenses are also deductible if the meal is business-related entertainment. You can figure all your travel meal expenses using either of the following methods:
    • Actual cost. If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost.
    • The standard meal allowance, which is the federal meals and incidental expense (M&IE) per diem rate. The GSA website lists these rates by location. Note that lower rates apply for the first and last days of travel.
  • The deduction for unreimbursed business meals is generally subject to a 50% limitation.

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