Friday, June 13, 2014

Questions relating to Per Diem

I get a lot of questions from individuals regarding per diem payments received from their employers, with the per diem amounts showing up in their income on their W-2s. Excess per diem is considered to be taxable wages to the employee. The specific rules are very long, and I will not go into them here. However, I will point you to the proper IRS publication where the rules are spelled out in detail. The publication is IRS Publication 463 (dated 2013), and can be found here:

The above link covers accountable plans but also covers per diem payments and when these payments may be taxable to the employee.

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