In order to be reimbursed for expenses incurred or to substantiate travel advances and prepaid expenses, a traveler must submit a signed Travel Expense Voucher accompanied by appropriate receipts. The completed Travel Expense Voucher and receipts must be submitted to Accounts Payable within 60 days of the traveler's return from each trip. If not, the reimbursement will become taxable income under the IRS Accountable Plan rules (Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses). In this situation the Institution will pay reimbursement via payroll and the appropriate taxes will be withheld.
Individuals must attempt to obtain a copy of the original receipt from the vendor for all travel costs in excess of $75. Any expense processed in UNANET that is missing a receipt, a valid explanation must be provided in the UNANET Receipt Wizard field. For more detailed instructions please refer to the Unanet Expense Training link. If not using the Unanet Expense tool, a paper missing receipt affidavit must be signed by both the individual and authorized signer with a complete explanation of the expense if a copy of the receipt is unobtainable. Form must be attached to paper Travel Expense Voucher/Request For Payment.
Any non-employee paid via Travel Expense Voucher must complete a Form W-9 before issuing payment. The W-9 serves as confirmation of non-employee's taxpayer identification number (as employees do when preparing a Form W-4).
Approval must be obtained from the person with budgetary responsibility for the project(s) to be charged, and a Department Administrator/Chairperson or Group Manager. The authorizing signature indicates that the charges are proper.
Travel Related Expenses (EFFECTIVE MARCH 8, 2010)
Receipts and stubs
The original or scanned copy of the following receipts and/or stubs must be submitted with the travel expense voucher:
a. receipts for all airline expenses;
b. receipts for all rental car expenses;
c. receipts for local transportation costing $75 or more;
d. receipts for each miscellaneous expense costing $75 or more;
e. receipts for all lodging expenses incurred on travel,
f. receipts for each meal and incidental expense costing $75 or more when
claiming actual subsistence expenses; and
h. receipts for a gift costing $25 or more provided to a host.
Non-Travel Related Expense Reimbursement
Request for Payments to a vendor must include an invoice for all expenses. Please forward the Request for Payment form and invoice to the Procurement Office, MS# 1.
Miscellaneous Expenses (EFFECTIVE MARCH 8, 2010)
Business meals that are to be reimbursed for actual costs rather than on a per diem basis require receipts and an itemized list of individuals present.
When seeking reimbursement for meals on a per diem basis please specify the number of meals claimed. If you are calculating Foreign per diem, please refer to the State Department rates.
» Meals Per Diem Rate
» Foreign Per Diem Rates
Expenses claimed that exceed your travel advance will be reimbursed within five to ten working days of receipt of your Travel Expense Voucher. Balances unpaid over fifteen days will be payroll deducted and stop future advance requests until the amount has been paid in full.
When traveling for other organizations (3rd party) and expenses have been incurred by WHOI it is the travelers responsibility to reimburse the Institution within 30 days. If you receive a travel advance that was greater than the expenses claimed, attach a check to the voucher for the amount owed.
All reimbursements of Travel Expense Vouchers will be in U.S. dollars. If an expense voucher states foreign currency, Accounts Payable will convert to U.S. dollars using the exchange rate effective at the time of travel. If the traveler has converted the foreign monies into U.S. dollars the exchange rate used must be documented on the expense form.
» Currency Converters
Business Conference Costs
If reimbursement is claimed, receipts are required regardless of the amount. A separate memo attached to the Travel ExpenseVoucher must give the names of all guests, the Institution employees in attendance, purpose and location. Receipted expenses may involve facilities rental, luncheon or dinner costs.
For questions post travel expenses (expense vouchers and reimbursements), please contact Colleen Tuson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 289-3267.
Last updated: March 31, 2016