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Tip Reimbursement
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: 06/24/15


1. How will I be reimbursed for tips while on official travel?

You may be reimbursed for tips through the incidental expenses portion of the M&IE (Meals and Incidental Expenses) per diem rate.

2. What tips are included in the incidental expenses?

Tips included as incidental expenses include: Courtesy transportation related tips (e.g. hotel, park and ride, or airport shuttles), hotel employees, fees and tips to porters, baggage carriers, and flight attendants involving all official domestic and foreign travel location.    See JTR, APP A1 under per diem for definition.  For an employee with a disability or special need, see JTR, par. 7815-F4, regarding baggage-handling costs incurred as a direct result of an employee's disability or special needs.

3. Are transportation related tips and mandatory service charges reimbursable?

Reasonable and customary transportation related tips and mandatory service charges for taxi cab/limousine service are not separately reimbursable, but when included in the total fare amount of such transportation may be reimbursed. 

4.  What is a reasonable and customary tip/fee for taxi cab/limousine service?

A reasonable and customary tip or mandatory fee is the amount that your transportation service provider determines to be the standard tipping amount up to 20% of the fare amount which must be included in the total fare amount claimed on your travel voucher.

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