I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
No, you are allowed to be paid per diem on this temporary assignment. The per diem pay is intended to compensate you for housing and meals and is not taxable either by the feds or by the state.
Employers may legally provide employees with a per diem allowance for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses incurred when the employee is traveling for employment in an amount that does not exceed guidance approved annually by the Internal Revenue Service. This payment is referred to as a "qualified per diem plan", and there is no necessity for the employee need to maintain detailed records and receipts for expenditures.
In conclusion, yes, you are eligible to get this tax free per diem benefit.
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