Paid meal allowances v actuals on the Corporate Card.
I am currently writing a paper for our Executive Board proposing to move from paid travel allowances to credit card actuals. Currently based on the travellers itinerary we pay $110AUD for B/L&D and an extra $20 per 24 hours for incidentals. Roughly we spend $2.5m in this area for Domestic allowances and as it is an allowance we cannot claim the 10% tax rebate. I'd love to hear from anyone in the community about their experiences transitioning to actuals. Did you notice savings in Meal spend? Did instances of fraud increase? How did you handle alchol with meals? Were the tax savings eroded by the extra administrative resurces required to acquit these transactions and monitor non compliant spend?
Thanks in advance
Richard Grigg Assistant Director, Business Services Australian Bureau of Statistics