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    Hey guys
    Im in a job where there is a fair amount of work in country towns. Ive recently moved up to where im running a crew and now the boss puts money into my account and then i have to get receipts for all meals etc for the crew.

    My question is... is there an easier way? at the moment its like the spanish inquisition with every receipt. I was wondering if people in the same situation have like an incidental payment, where every worker gets say $60 a day on top of there wage to cover meals?

    It just seems like a pain in the ass, especially after a week or 2 away and your trying to sort out tons of receipts. there must be an easier way?

    SO can anyone help with ideas? Its a new thing for myself and the boss as its a small business that is starting to expand, so were all learning.

    Thanks
    James

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    either company credit cards, or a daily allowance.

    What you lose to dodginess on the part of the workers is pretty much paid for by the savings in admin
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    • #3
      Our guys at work get the following allowances (tax free?) in their pay if they work 12 hours or more and meals aren't provided by the company.

      $15 Breakfast
      $15 Lunch
      $30 Dinner

      Most of the time when they go away (mainly metro work) they have their meals paid for anyway but that may give you an idea.

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      • #4
        I pay my workers $165 per day tax free, with which they have to pay for meals & accom.
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        • #5
          I work away a lot also and have to provide receipts for everything I spend. Its a pain if I do 3 or 4 jobs on 1 trip. I get a daily allowance on top of this so some things I'm not concerned about and use the company credit card as much as possible.

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          • #6
            My misses get $5/hour tax free to help cover meals and accommodation and stuff...

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            • #7
              If you pay them a daily allowance for food, but take care of the accommodation, it should make things easier.
              Also a bit fairer. Used to work with 2 guys, one would eat half a cow, the other kept to entree sized stuff.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deeman111 View Post
                Hey guys
                Im in a job where there is a fair amount of work in country towns. Ive recently moved up to where im running a crew and now the boss puts money into my account and then i have to get receipts for all meals etc for the crew.

                My question is... is there an easier way? at the moment its like the spanish inquisition with every receipt. I was wondering if people in the same situation have like an incidental payment, where every worker gets say $60 a day on top of there wage to cover meals?

                It just seems like a pain in the ass, especially after a week or 2 away and your trying to sort out tons of receipts. there must be an easier way?

                SO can anyone help with ideas? Its a new thing for myself and the boss as its a small business that is starting to expand, so were all learning.

                Thanks
                James
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                • #9
                  Can't answer your questions, but I reckon your boss is being a miserable prick. You guys are working away from home (making a $ for him), and you have to pay his expenses for you and the crew and then he acts like he's doing you a favour by reimbursing you.

                  As the others have said he should either be paying all of you an allowance directly or providing you with a business credit card to pay for all of the expenses.

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                  • #10
                    you can actually claim a certain amount without receipts. check out Australian Taxation Reporter and look for Reasonable domestic travel allowance.

                    This should hopefully help

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                    • #11
                      Is it that hard to actually read the fucking thread?
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                      • #12
                        Not the same BUT at the Prison if we have to escort a prisoner out to hospital out of normal hours we used to have a small amount of petty cash that we took out (~$40-$50) to cover expenses, but we found that a lot of the time we weren't able to get receipts (after hours vending machines/parking meters etc) It was also exacerbated if the person had to stay in past our shift change ($40 odd doesn't last long with 2 people x 3 meals + parking etc at a hospital etc) and then the relief had no money for their meals etc and was constantly having to use their own money
                        Now when they go out only the original escort gets the petty cash and any relief gets paid an allowance of $25 a day each which works out about correct and works out well if they come back not long after shift change A lot less messy than trying to get/keep track of small receipts
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                        • #13
                          The only job I have had where we go LAHA, we got $150 a day = $1050 a week. That well and truly covered accomodation and meals.

                          As someone else said, I also think your boss is being a bit miserable, expecting you to cover his business costs, then reimbursing you later.
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