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Subject:Re: Contractors & Per Diem From:"Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com, tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com Date:Fri, 17 Mar 2000 07:44:08 PST
Tony Markatos asks Peter Newman:
Peter, thanks for the informative response. It sounds like you are saying
that per diem is (or at least can be) a seperate bucket of money above and
beyond posted (or negotiated) hourly rate. True?
If true, is this so when getting assignments through agencies (usually W2
wages)? Or are you just talking about an independent contractors (usually
1099) dealing directly with the client company (no 3rd party
Peter Newman originally said:
I have found that many companies are quite up front about their policies.
Just ask them. If they tell you they have no policy, your negotiation
skills will now come into play. I never negotiate this until the hiring is
agreed upon and the pay is set. I then talk about travel and per diem.
The government (IRS rate) is rather low compared to reality. It is
intended for use by those who may have less than adequate records.
Negotiate a realistic per diem rate for the area you are going on
temporary assignment to. Consider the following:
Hotel or other lodging, should not be a flea bag, but not super luxury.
(remember, you are going to live there for a while and just a bedroom gets
claustrophobic.) Many corporations will provide you with
comfortable accommodations with maid service. Food, you cannot cook all your
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