|Pocket fulla receipts
||[Sep. 29th, 2008|05:07 pm]
Travel reimbursements can be a moral quagmire for me :-)
I try not to claim any more money than I'm owed, but there's a huge grey area. Part of the problem is that I always combine work with social visits. Figuring out how to get car rental/gas costs is hard enough as it is. And what if I visit a friend socially and end up discussing research? What if I attend a conference, visit friends over the weekend, and visit a colleague the next week, as I did on my most recent trip? I would have had to eat and sleep over the weekend anyway, so should I get that reimbursed?
It gets worse. My accounting department doesn't require food and taxi receipts (for which I cannot thank them enough. Taxi receipts are a joke anyway.) No matter how much I put down for food in the reimbursement form, I simultaneously feel it's too much and too little! At some point I decided to pick a fixed daily rate and always bill them that, no matter what.
As for cab fare, I use it as a "buffer." I usually have someone picking me up or dropping me off at least one way, so if I (say) lose my gas receipt I make up the difference in the cab category by charging for it both ways :-)
What do y'all do?