You and your finance team have new per-diem rates to contend with, beginning in just a couple of weeks.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has released the new numbers for fiscal year 2020, which are effective Oct. 1.
The new federal per-diem rate for the continental United States (CONUS) will increase to $151 (up from $149). That breaks down as:
- $96/day for lodging (up from $94), and
- $55/day for meals and incidental expenses (same as this year).
This new rate applies to approximately 2,600 counties in the U.S.
Beyond this overarching change, there are some location-specific ones as well that apply to the CONUS rate, primarily in the western part of the country:
- Boise, ID (Ada County) is a new non-standard area (NSA) location this year
- Park County, MT has been added to the Big Sky, MT NSA area, and
- Missoula and Flathead Counties in Montana were separated into their own NSAs instead of a combined NSA.
Your finance team will also be able to include some new biz travel destinations in the standard rate for your road warriors.
The following locations that were NSAs — or part of an established NSA – this past year will move into the standard CONUS rate category:
- Dover, DE (Kent County)
- South Bend, IN (St. Joseph County)
- Benton Harbor/St. Joseph/Stevensville, MI (Berrien County)
- Lake County, MT
- Medina County, OH
- Aiken County, SC, and
- Sheboygan County, WI.
If your company relies on per-diems to help streamline T&E administration, the time to get these new numbers into employees and managers hands is now.
And remind them that the feds have a mobile app folks can download onto their phones to help them look up per-diem numbers in a snap. That can provide a compliance boost and make things easier on your own staffers.