Employees will be reimbursed for local personal automobile mileage at the federal standard rate while on official University business. Normal commutes from the employee’s home to their work base are not considered local travel and will not be reimbursed. Employees are entitled to a mileage allowance from their work base to their destination and return to their work base for miles actually traveled. If an employee travels directly to a location from their home that is not their work base, but exceeds their normal commuting distance, the employee is entitled to reimbursement but only to the extent that the total miles driven exceed the employees’ normal commute mileage. This provision applies on both regularly scheduled workdays and non-regularly scheduled work days. Employees are expected to travel the most reasonable and direct route to their destination.
Procedures for Local Mileage Reimbursement
In order to obtain reimbursement for local travel, documentation should include:
- Date(s) of trip
- Time of trip
- Total mileage driven (noting whether the trip was one-way or round-trip)
- Beginning point of trip (if a non-University location, the street address should be indicated)
- Ending point of trip (if a non-University location, the street address should be indicated)
- If applicable, any intermediate destination that would have an effect on mileage claimed
- The specific purpose of the trip (e.g., “to meet with Dr. Jones about the ABC project.”) Simply stating “University business” is not considered sufficient documentation.
Local Travel Log
A local travel log ( Exhibit G) is available to facilitate local travelers’ documentation of each trip. This travel log should be completed and attached to the travel reimbursement form. The travel log is not required for individual trips, however if it is not used, the information it requires should still be documented on the travel reimbursement form. Once the travel log is attached to the travel reimbursement form, it is not necessary to replicate the detail trip information on the travel reimbursement form. Simply state “see attached travel log” and bring forward the total number of miles in the “Transportation – miles” column of the travel reimbursement form.
Internal Revenue Service Allowed Mileage
As noted earlier, the University generally only allows reimbursement of mileage in excess of an employees’ normal commute from home to work base. In certain situations, the Internal Revenue Service does, if the tax payer deducts business expenses, allow taxpayers to deduct mileage in excess of University reimbursed mileage. Employees should consult their tax accountants for further guidance in this area.
Local Travel Standard Mileage
Employees will be reimbursed standard mileage as stated below for round trips to major University facilities and to the airport as follows:
Campus to Medical Center
Campus to Springhill Avenue campus
Campus to Children’s and Women’s Hospital
Campus to Mitchell Cancer Institute
Campus to Airport
Campus to Mobile Civic Center
Campus to Mobile Convention Center
Campus to Baldwin County Campus
Medical Center to Springhill Avenue
Medical Center to Children’s and Women’s Hospital
Medical Center to Mitchell Cancer Institute
Medical Center to Airport
Medical Center to Mobile Civic Center
Medical Center to Mobile Convention Center
Medical Center to Baldwin County Campus
Medical Center to Mobile Infirmary West
Children’s and Women’s Hospital to Springhill Ave. Campus
Children’s and Women’s Hospital to Airport
Children’s and Women’s Hospital to Mobile Civic Center
Children’s and Women’s Hospital to Mobile Convention Center
Children’s and Women’s Hospital to Baldwin County Campus
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Springhill Avenue Campus
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Airport
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Mobile Civic Center
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Mobile Convention Center
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Baldwin County Campus
Mitchell Cancer Institute to Mobile Infirmary West
Springhill Avenue Campus to Airport
Springhill Avenue Campus to Mobile Civic Center
Springhill Avenue Campus to Mobile Convention Center
Springhill Avenue Campus to Baldwin County Campus
Examples of Local Travel
Example #1 John Doe’s work base is the main campus. John is required to travel to the Medical Center and back for work purposes. John is entitled to reimbursement of 12 miles at the standard mileage rate. Note – an example of how this travel should be documented on the Local travel log is located in Exhibit I-1
Example #2 Jane Doe’s work base is the main campus. Jane is required to travel to the Medical Center, then to the MCI before returning to her work base on the main campus. Jane is entitled to reimbursement of 16.5 miles (6 + 2.5 + 8) at the standard mileage rate.
Example #3 Robert Doe lives at 123 Main Street in Mobile and his work base is the main campus, a 24 mile round trip commute. Robert is required to travel to the Baldwin County campus for a full day conference and does so from his home on Main Street. The round trip from Robert’s home to the Baldwin County Campus is 54 miles. The round trip from the USA main campus is 62 miles. Robert is entitled to reimbursement the lesser of the commute from his home to Baldwin County or his base to Baldwin County, in this case 54 miles at the standard mileage rate.
Example #4 Sandra Doe supervises student teachers at 4 schools and her work base is the main campus. Her normal commute from home to work is 8 miles round trip. Prior to coming to her office on the main campus, she travels directly from her home to each of the 4 schools to visit with her student teachers before going to her work base on the main campus and incurs total mileage of 46 miles. At the end of the day, she travels directly home from work. Sandra is entitled to reimbursement of 42 (46 miles less commute to work of 4 miles) miles at the standard mileage rate. Note – an example of how this travel should be documented on the Local travel log is located in Exhibit I-2
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