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Old 03-14-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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The only negative in traveling abroad on business

Just returned from another UK business trip. Love England, and I always have a great time. Thing is, doing the expense report is a genuine pain. Upload receipts, calculate the exchange rate, the rate used, the variance, and GBP and USD entries for each and every expense? In this case, that was 42 line items! Ugh. My company needs a better way.

We used to be able to claim a flat rate per day for what amounts to 'per diem'. I miss it.
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Auditors, IT people, human resources people, I've known some nice ones, but for the life of me, I cannot see how they can enjoy their jobs. My boss didn't have too much time for them either, that's probably why he had me send him my expense sheet when we traveled together. He'd copy mine and only change the name at the top. He'd always say " Your main job is to make me look good and to keep me out of trouble." He ran for Parks Commissioner unopposed a couple of times, I must have done ok. Take a deep breath and fill that sucker out, hopefully on company time.
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There are 2 ways for business expense reimbursement, one shifts the burden to the individual, the other to the employer. Seems like you have the latter.
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Take a deep breath and fill that sucker out, hopefully on company time.
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Done - only took 4 hours. And yes, luckily, it was billable time.

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There are 2 ways for business expense reimbursement, one shifts the burden to the individual, the other to the employer. Seems like you have the latter.
You got that right. I think it's all a part of our company's prep to go public. Financials need to be exact. I guess I should just grin and bear it. Depending on the IPO price, I could be quite well off overnight.
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..... Depending on the IPO price, I could be quite well off overnight.
On paper, yes. The real killer can be the one-week-later price.
I wish you well, Robert.
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Hold off putting in your expenses until after the IPO.

Speaking of expenses, in my news photographer career, I put in expenses for: a banana, for lettuce, $2 for the collection plate at a Catholic mass, $20 for services of prostitute and bought a mickey of rye for another picture.
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$20 for services of prostitute
For that, what did she do... give you directions?
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I took her off the street, so I was just paying for her time. Probably more than she would have earned, actually.
Had to rent a sleezy hotel room and pay a key deposit. Pix took about five minutes, she said to leave the key in the room, and our leaving was observed by about a dozen guys sitting in the communal TV room, who must have been thinking, "that was quick".
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So, the banana was a prop.......
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Man I'm staying away from that. Give me an Amen. Amen
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