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Meals
Overnight travel to multiple duty points without an intermediate return to a designated headquarters

When a state employee travels to more than one duty point outside the employee’s designated headquarters without an intermediate return to the headquarters, then the maximum meal reimbursement for the day is equal to the highest of the maximum rates for the duty points visited.

Example

A state employee travels on the same day to duty point A with a maximum meal reimbursement of $64 per day, duty point B with a maximum of $59, and duty point C with a maximum of $51 then the maximum reimbursement for all meal expenses incurred during the day is $64. This conclusion is valid even if all meals are purchased in duty point B or C.

If a state employee travels to a duty point during a calendar day and a different duty point the next calendar day, then:

  • The maximum meal reimbursement for the first day is equal to the maximum meal reimbursement rate for the duty point visited on the first day.
  • The maximum meal reimbursement for the second day is equal to the maximum meal reimbursement rate for the duty point visited on the second day.
Duty Point
The destination, other than a place of employment, to which a state employee travels to conduct official state business. If the destination is outside the employee's designated headquarters, then the duty point is either the incorporated municipality in which the destination is located or the unincorporated area within a five-mile radius of the destination. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(9)
State Employee
An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.
Travel Expense
A meal, lodging, transportation or incidental expense. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(21)
County
When used in a provision that applies to states other than Texas, this term includes a parish of Louisiana.
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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