No. When pilots and flight attendants use EZPerDiem's per diem calculator
, receipts for M&IE expenses
are not necessary because it is not using the actual cost of meals
that is being deduction. Instead, the appropriate federal per diem rate for each layover is used as the basis for determining what meal expenses
For example, assume a pilot or flight attendant has an overnight in Chicago, O'Hare on Jan. 4. When the crewmember enters the airport code (ORD) into EZPerDiem's per diem calculator, the per diem rate
for ORD would be looked up and used as their M&IE expenses for that day. It doesn't matter if the crewmember actually spends less or more. The per diem rate is the basis for the meal expenses.
EZPerDiem also checks the special rate for transportation workers
and uses this calculation method in addition to the city-by-city
method. Typically the city-by-city locality rates are higher, but both methods are check so you always get the highest.