The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced its revised fiscal year (FY) 2017 Continental U.S. (CONUS) per diem reimbursement rates. The GSA rates are often a predictor of the per diem rates set by the IRS. The IRS is expected to release its annual special per diem rates and guidance for taxpayers later in 2016.
The CONUS per diem rate for an area is actually three allowances: the lodging allowance, the meals allowance and the incidental expense allowance. Most of the CONUS (approximately 2600 counties) are covered by the standard CONUS per diem rate of $142 ($91 lodging, $51 meals and incidental expenses). In fiscal year (FY) 2017, there are about 350 Non-Standard Areas (NSAs) that have per diem rates higher than the standard CONUS rate. The standard lodging rate will increase from $89 to $91, according to the GSA.
The GSA made no changes to the meals and incidental expense (M&E) rate currently set at $51. The FY 2017 rates apply to travel on or after October 1, 2016, and through September 30, 2017.
There are no new NSA locations this year. In FY 2017, three locations that were NSAs in FY 2016 will move into the standard CONUS rate category. They include: Lexington Park/Leonardtown/Lusby, MD; New Bern, NC; and Minot, ND. (GSA Per Diem Bulletin FTR 17-01: Fiscal Year 2017 CONUS Per Diem Reimbursement Rates; FY 2017 Highlights, August 2016.)
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