I'm pretty sure the standard meal allowance is $39.00/day for non high cost cities but I was wondering if anyone out there could confirm this for me?

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Helen, EA in PA

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answered 01 Feb '10, 01:04

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Depends on the date incurred. The standard rates are not set on a calendar year.

$46 for meals & incidentals became effective 10/1/09.

Prior period (10/1/08 - 9/30/09) was $49.

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answered 01 Feb '10, 14:52

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Publication 1542, October 2009 revision, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1542.pdf states: 1. If using the "High-low method", then the per diem rate is $45 for meals and incidentals for October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009, and $52 for meals and incidentals on or after October 1, 2009. 2. If using the "Regular federal per diem rate method", then the per diem rate is $39 for meals and incidentals for October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009, and $46 for meals and incidentals on or after October 1, 2009.

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