According to a Thompson.com report, the definitions were not the same until this year, making reimbursement of such expenses more complicated for employers. In IRS Revenue Procedure 2005-10, an incidentalexpense is defined as:
- fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids,stewards or stewardesses and others on ships, and hotel servants in foreigncountries
- transportation between places of lodging or business and places wheremeals are taken, if suitable meals can be obtained at the temporary dutysite
- the mailing cost associated with filing travel vouchers and payment ofemployer-sponsored charge card billings.
Revenue Procedure 2005-10 supersedes the guidance the IRS issued last year on perdiems, Rev. Proc. 2004-60.
However, the IRS has given employers and planadministrators a grace period. Employers and planadministrators may continue to apply Revenue Procedure. 2004-60for per diem allowances paid to an employee, as well as per diems coveringlodging and M&IE paid or incurred for travel away from home, on or afterJanuary 1 and before March 1.
Thompson said Revenue Procedure. 2004-60also may be applied incomputing deductions for of M&IE or incidental expenses paid or incurred byan employee for travel away from home on or on or afterJanuary 1 and before March 1.