How Is Per Diem Calculated On Travel Days?

To estimate expenses for long term trips (greater than 30 days and less than one year),the recommendation is to use the published rate with a 55% calculation: Number of days x per diem rate x 55% = total per diem for location.

What is the per diem for travel days?

Per diems on the first and last days of travel are 75% of the total daily allowance.

What are the per diem rates?

High-cost areas All other areas
Meals & incidentals only per diem $71 $60

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How are per diem meals calculated?

Multiply the per diem allowance by the number of days. For example, on a three day business trip with a per diem meal expense allowance of $50, total per diem equals 3 X $50, or $150.

What is daily per diem rate?


State Number Per-Diem Destinations Average Meals & Incidentals Rate
California 59 $62.86
Colorado 64 $59.67
Connecticut 8 $60.63
Delaware 3 $57.67

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