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  1. Travel Rules and Documentation Sandra Silva UH Accounts Payable

  2. Travel Request Required For • Employees • Prospective Employees • Contractors (central billed airfare) • Students • University Guests

  3. University Guest Defined • Donor, potential donor, volunteer, or community, government, university, or corporate official who contributes to UH mission. Does not include current faculty, staff, or students of UH or persons paid or reimbursed for contracted services. • Travel Request signed by VP • Travel expenses charged to 7570

  4. Travel Request Signed by • Employee • Supervisor or Unit Head • Certifying Signatory • Research Financial Services, if applicable • Vice President, if foreign travel or university guest • President, if foreign travel on local funds

  5. Foreign Travel Defined • Travel to or from a country outside the US, except for Canada or Mexico, by an employee or prospective employee

  6. Governor’s Approval for State-Funded Foreign Travel (1 of 2) • Complete Request for Governor’s Approval • Attach letter from traveler if travel destination is under travel advisory • Attach Travel Request • Submit to President’s Office as early as possible before trip

  7. Governor’s Approval for State-Funded Foreign Travel (2 of 2) • Submit revised request if travel dates change by more than 7 days or cost by more than 10% • President’s Office faxes approved request to department • Traveler is not authorized to begin travel until Governor’s approves • See Instructions and Forms for more information

  8. State-Funded Travel to Washington DC Area • Notify Office of State-Federal Relations at least 7 days before trip at: http://www.osfr.state.tx.us • Print confirmation page and attach to Travel Request/Travel Voucher • If not notified within 7 days, must fax letter of explanation to OSFR at (512) 463-1984 • See Instructions for more info.

  9. Contracted Vendors Required for State-Funded Travel • Travel Agency • Airfare • Lodging • Rental Car • Corporate Travel Card

  10. UH-Contracted Travel Agencies – All Funds • Fax Travel Request to purchase airfare to • Navigant (Woodway) • $22 service charge • 713-622-8700, phone • 713-622-7704, fax • Navigant (East Southmore) • $22 service charge • 713-920-7150, phone • 713-920-7180, fax

  11. UH-Contracted Travel Agencies – State Funds Only • Fax request to use alternate travel agency to Travel Coordinator • 713-743-5883, phone • 713-743-8709, fax • Memo must be signed by College/Division Administrator • Identical quote from UH-contracted travel agency and other travel agency • If approved, Travel Coordinator will sign and fax to requesting department

  12. State-Contracted Airfare(1 of 2) • List of contract airfares at: http://www.gsc.state.tx.us/travel/travel.html • Fax TR to contract travel agency or • Purchase from contracted travel agency or airline and charge to employee’s Corporate Travel Card • State-contracted airfare has a fare basis code of “YCATX” or “QCATX” • Non-contract airfare must meet exception on Add. B (state funds)

  13. State-Contracted Airfare(2 of 2) • State-contracted airfare includes: • $500,000 travel insurance • ID required for ticketless airfare • UH ID, Corporate Travel Card, or Texas driver’s license (UH employee) • UH letter that says traveling on UH business and authorized to use state fares (not UH employee)

  14. State-Contracted Lodging • List of contracted hotels in Texas State Travel Directory, which is updated annually and distributed to business administrators • Update to hotels in GSC’s Travel-N-Texas Update newsletter, which is distributed to administrators • Non-contracted hotel must meet exception on Add. B (state funds)

  15. State-Contracted Rental Car (1 of 2) • Advantage • 800-777-5518, reservations • Contract rate identifier: 730TXC • Avis • 800-331-1212, reservations • Contract rate identifier: F999730 • Enterprise • 888-291-0359, reservations • Contract rate identifier: TX730

  16. State-Contracted Rental Car (2 of 2) • State-contract price includes: • Loss/damage waiver, which covers all damage to rental vehicle • Liability insurance, which covers persons and property outside the rental vehicle (UH employee inside vehicle covered by Worker’s Compensation) • Non-contract rental car must meet exception on Add. B (state funds)

  17. Corporate Travel Card(1 of 2) • Issued by Bank of America • Required to purchase state-contracted airfare • Central bill account or • Employee’s corporate travel card • Employee’s corporate travel card • Employee’s travel expenses only • $200 limit per month on retail • Employee is liable for charges

  18. Corporate Travel Card(2 of 2) • Applying for a corporate travel card • Must take or expect to take 3 trips per year or expend $500 per year • Complete travel card application • www.uh.edu/finance (Workshop Materials) • Complete Card Use Agreement • Submit application and agreement to Travel Coordinator

  19. Travel Advance(1 of 3) • Employees only • Submit the following to the Travel Coordinator: • Travel Advance Application • Travel Request • Purchase Voucher • Payable to traveler • Charge account 022898-1346

  20. Travel Advance(2 of 3) • Accounting for travel advance • Travel Voucher submitted to Travel Coordinator within 15 days after trip • State-funded travel: traveler submits check to TC for entire advance after being reimbursed for travel expenses • Local-funded travel: traveler submits check along with Travel Voucher to TC for amount that advance exceeds travel expenses

  21. Travel Advance(3 of 3) • Travel advances not accounted for or returned within 120 days will be considered taxable income • Employees with an outstanding advance may not receive another until they have cleared the first one • Travel advances may not be issued more than 30 days in advance

  22. Travel Reimbursements - Forms • These travelers are reimbursed on a Travel Voucher: • Employees • Prospective Employees • Students (local funds only) • These travelers are reimbursed on a Purchase Voucher: • Contractors • University Guests (local funds only)

  23. Travel Reimbursement - Documentation (1 of 2) • Receipts are required for • Airfare (itinerary for ticketless) • Lodging • Rental Car • Actual meal expenses (local funds) • Registration fee

  24. Travel Reimbursement - Documentation (2 of 2) • The following expenses must be itemized: • Parking, tolls, and gas for rental car • Metropolitan taxi, bus, subway, train • Business calls/faxes (label “business”) • Hotel occupancy tax • Mileage for owned or leased vehicle • Point to point (give address or intersection, if not in Texas Mileage Guide) • UH-Bush IAH: 21.4 miles one way • UH-Hobby: 7.3 miles one way • Other out-of-pocket expenses

  25. State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax (1 of 2) • Employees must give exemption form to Texas hotel at check-in • If refused by hotel, employee may be reimbursed for tax by faxing memo to Travel Coordinator • “[Name of hotel] refused to honor Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate on [date].” • Provide name, address, and phone (if available) of hotel

  26. State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax (2 of 2) • Travel Coordinator approves memo, returns by fax, and notifies Comptroller’s Office • Attach memo to Travel Voucher • If employee does not present form to hotel, he cannot be reimbursed • Non-employees are reimbursed for state hotel occupancy tax without explanation

  27. Travel Reimbursement on State Funds - Meals (1 of 2) • Employees • Non-overnight travel less than 6 hours: not reimbursable • Non-overnight travel more than 6 hours: $25 maximum, taxable • 1st day of overnight travel with departure before 6:00 PM: reimburse up to 100% • 1st day of overnight travel with departure after 6:00 PM: not reimburseable • 2nd through last day of overnight travel: per diem if travel within US; actual if travel outside US

  28. Travel Reimbursement on State Funds - Meals (2 of 2) • Prospective Employees • Non-overnight travel: not reimbursable • 1st day overnight travel with departure after 6:00 PM: not reimbursable • 1st day overnight travel with departure before 6:00 PM: 100% per diem • 2nd through last day overnight travel: $25 per diem if traveling to Texas • Contractor • Documentation required by contract

  29. Travel Reimbursement on State Funds - Lodging (1 of 2) • Employees • Travel inside US: • Detailed receipt from hotel required • Internet booking not allowed by GSC • Limited to per diem • May increase lodging per diem by underutilized meal per diem outside TX • Add. B required for non-contract hotel • Travel outside US • Detailed receipt from hotel required • Internet booking not allowed by GSC

  30. Travel Reimbursement on State Funds - Lodging (2 of 2) • Prospective Employees • Detailed receipt from hotel required • Internet booking not allowed by GSC • Limited to per diem ($70 for Texas) • Contractor • Receipt from hotel required

  31. Travel Reimbursement on Local Funds - Meals (1 of 2) • Employees, Prospective Employees, and Students • Non-overnight travel: not reimbursable • 1st day of overnight travel: 75% per diem or actual expenses with receipts • 2nd through next to last day of overnight travel: 100% per diem or actual expenses with receipts • Last day of overnight travel: 75% per diem or actual expenses with receipts

  32. Travel Reimbursement on Local Funds - Meals (2 of 2) • Contractors • Documentation required by contract • University Guests • Itemize daily meal expenses • Travel Request must be approved by Vice President

  33. Travel Reimbursement on Local Funds - Lodging (1 of 2) • Employees, Prospective Employees, Students • Detailed receipt required • Actual expense reimbursed, unless college/division policy limits to per diem • Contractor • Detailed receipt required • Actual expense reimbursed, if allowed by contract

  34. Travel Reimbursement on Local Funds - Lodging (2 of 2) • University Guests • Detailed receipt required • Travel Request must be approved by Vice President

  35. Contacts for Travel Questions(1 of 2) • Sandra Silva, Travel Coordinator • 713-743-5883, phone • 713-743-8709, fax • ssilva@central.uh.edu • Denise Bland, Travel Voucher Auditor • 713-743-8705, phone • 713-743-8709, fax • dlbland@central.uh.edu

  36. Contacts for Travel Questions(2 of 2) • Mike Glisson, Director of Accounts Payable • 713-743-8706, phone • 713-743-8799, fax • mtglisson@central.uh.edu