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FAQ — Reimbursement  
 
   
Reimbursement Questions:
 

I am a new user and will be submitting a reimbursement request for the first time. What are the steps I should take and whom should I contact? [Expand]

The online tutorial is an excellent place to start. This is a video that walks you through the entire reimbursement process from beginning to end. Please see our Works page for Quick Guides and other useful info.

How long does it take to process a reimbursement? [Expand]

A reimbursement is usually processed within 3 days, provided there are no questions, problems, etc.

I submitted a reimbursement request through Works, but now I can no longer see it. Where did it go? [Expand]

Once the cardholder (or processor) submits the reimbursement request, it goes to the cardholder's (or processor's) manager. Using the Search function will enable you to view the request even though it is out of your queue.

I'm paying for a meal with my UD Credit Card. What do I do about alcohol? [Expand]

You can either ask the restaurant to put the alcohol on a separate tab (which you then pay for yourself), or you can leave it on the same tab and reimburse the University.

I submitted a reimbursement request for someone else, but I was the one who got reimbursed. What did I do wrong? [Expand]

When you are completing a reimbursement request on behalf of another person, please make sure you put that person's name (Last Name, First Name) in the Payee Name field.

How do I get the Payee Name to appear on the printed copy of my reimbursement request? [Expand]

The field itself will not appear on the printed copy of the reimbursement request; however, you can add the Payee name to the Comments box. Another option is to place the Payee's name in the Reference box of the reimbursement. This box will retain whatever is placed in it. You must still change the Payee and ID number if you are completing the reimbursement on behalf of someone else.

When completing a reimbursement request, can I just select 'miscellaneous' in the dropdown box? [Expand]

Please do not pick 'miscellaneous' for tolls, mileage, and other items which appear as choices in the dropdown box. Only choose 'miscellaneous' when being reimbursed for something that does not fit into any of the existing categories.

How do I know if my reimbursement has been processed? [Expand]

The payee will receive an email once the request has been processed.

My reimbursement has not yet been processed. Should I call Procurement? [Expand]

If it has been at least one week since the manager has signed off on the request, then yes. To determine whether or not the manager has signed off, please use the Search tool in Works (select Tools, then Search, then Reimbursements).

Should I send my receipts to Procurement? [Expand]

Receipts (required for anything over $10.00) should be attached to a printed copy of the reimbursement request and filed within the department. There is no need to send any receipts to Procurement.

I will be taking a guest speaker out to lunch. How many UD personnel are allowed to come along? Can I bring my spouse? [Expand]

A maximum of four UD employees may accompany the guest. You may bring a spouse if the guest also brings a spouse.

Am I required to use the UD Credit Card or can I just use my own card and get reimbursed? [Expand]

All University travel expenses must be on a UD Credit Card.

Can I get reimbursed for gasoline? [Expand]

No. Gas for a rental car is a travel expense and should be paid for using a UD Credit Card.

When are my meals taxable? [Expand]

Meals are taxable when there is no overnight stay. Example: You buy lunch for yourself while in Wilmington for a one-day conference. This lunch is taxable.

Where can I find the current government mileage rate for travel reimbursements? [Expand]

The current mileage rate can be reached through a link in the UD Travel and Business Hosting policy 3-7 and on the government website at www.gsa.gov/mileage.

Why is there taxable income for relocation expenses even though I didn't spend the total amount allowed? [Expand]

The university adheres to the Federal Government Publication 521 for Moving Expenses. Certain items are considered non-deductible expenses which, if reimbursed, would then become taxable income.

Where can I find a breakdown for foreign per diem rates? [Expand]

You can access this via a link in UD Travel and Business Hosting policy 3-7. Choose Per Diem Reimbursement - Foreign Per Diem Rates from the quick reference guide dropdown at the beginning of the policy, then select foreign per diem rates followed by FTR Appendix B (Breakdown of Meal/Incidentals).

What is the M&IE (Meals and Incidental Expenses) reimbursement rate during the first and last travel day? [Expand]

On the first and last travel day, employees are eligible for 75% of the total M&IE rate. For your convenience, the M&IE breakdown page has a row showing the calculated amount for the "First and Last Day of Travel."

Why do we need to list starting and ending destinations with city and state on our reimbursements? [Expand]

Several states have cities and towns with the same name. In order to accurately record your destinations, you are required to list the city and state of your travel.

What is considered an incidental expense? [Expand]

Within the federal guideline, Per Diem Allowance describes incidental expenses including fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses, and other hotel servants in foreign countries. Personal items such as newspaper and magazines are also under this category.