Schneider Per Diem Policy

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by Junker Georger, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Junker Georger

    Junker Georger Bobtail Member

    5
    3
    Feb 9, 2018
    0
    As of January 1, 2018 it is no longer possible for company truck drivers to deduct per diem from their federal personal tax returns. The per diem program has not been changed but the new tax law eliminated Form 2106 on which the driver entered their unreimbursed employee business expenses of which per diem was one. The only way for a company driver to get per diem is to have the company pay it (it's still possible for LLCs, Sole Proprietors, S-Corps and C-Corps to take the dedcution). If your company does not pay per diem, you are SOL. For the last 10 years I took the deduction on my personal taxes but as of 1 January 2018 I was forced to have Schneider pay me the per diem and that's when I discovered an underpublicized part of the Schneider Per Diem Program. The documentation is the answer to question #13 on the company's Per Diem FAQ document available by request from a driver's DBL. Schneider will pay their company drivers per diem for every day that driver does NOT pass within 50 miles of their "home park location". If a driver passes within 50 miiles of their "home park location" said driver is considered to be Time At Home (TAH) and does not get paid per diem EVEN THOUGH THE DRIVER IS NOT AT HOME! Example; a driver is assigned to the Columbus Ohio Operating Center in Obetz. A driver departing Wheeling West Virginia in the morning and drives via I70 to Effingham Illinois where they decide to take their DOT10. Because the driver passed within 50 miles of their "home park location" (Obetz, Ohio) they will NOT be paid per diem and will be considered TAH (for per diem purposes) even though the driver is spending the evening in Effingham Illinois! If you park at Carlisle, PA and pass on I81 or the PA Turnpike or Atlanta, GA and travel on I285/I85/I75/ etc or Gary, IN and pass through on I80 (you get the idea) you are TAH and NO per diem will be paid for that day. If you don't think this is an issue, think again especially if you spend 300 days OTR. It might be a good idea for you to contact your DBL/Regional Director etc., and apply pressure to have this arbitray policy changed and make it fair to company drivers. I don't know about you but I don't consider myself at home unless I'm in my master bedroom lying in bed watching Hogan's Heroes on the MeTV channel.
     
    Oldironfan Thanks this.
  2. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    1,164
    1,415
    Oct 5, 2012
    0
    The issue is the amount of man hours required to personally check on all employees. That policy is pretty standard practice and just makes it easier on the bean counters, especially with ELDs tracking your location. Maybe they should change it to be much closer, but it's not unusual.
     
  3. TennMan

    TennMan Road Train Member

    7,814
    9,500
    Sep 21, 2011
    Hazzard County Jail !!!!!
    0
    Sounds like Fraudulent tax reporting on Schneiders part.
     
    Oldironfan Thanks this.
  4. mickeyrat

    mickeyrat Road Train Member

    7,033
    6,284
    Nov 24, 2011
    on my 30 min break
    0
    nope, part of the new "reform".
     
  5. TennMan

    TennMan Road Train Member

    7,814
    9,500
    Sep 21, 2011
    Hazzard County Jail !!!!!
    0
    as of 1 January 2018 I was forced to have Schneider pay me the per diem and that's when I discovered an underpublicized part of the Schneider Per Diem Program. The documentation is the answer to question #13 on the company's Per Diem FAQ document available by request from a driver's DBL. Schneider will pay their company drivers per diem for every day that driver does NOT pass within 50 miles of their "home park location".

    When did Schneider policy supercede tax code?

    I'm not an accountant but my accountant took that deduction for me.

    The way it's been explained to me is the per diem is a deduction allowed by IRS for workers who travel for their job to help off set daily expenses while away from home.

    Schneider has always cheated drivers out of the per diem by only paying based on mileage earned on days worked even though you can take the deduction for every day your away from home because of work. So even when you are forced to be away from home doing a reset you can count those days for per diem.
     
  6. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

    2,256
    1,783
    May 22, 2017
    0
    Are you sure sole proprietor qualifies?
     
  7. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

    2,256
    1,783
    May 22, 2017
    0
    I was under the impression only llc, and s corps, a corps were eligible for per diem allowence.
     
    Travelling Accountant Thanks this.
  8. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    1,164
    1,415
    Oct 5, 2012
    0
    The point of taking a set cpm for days worked is because before the ELD mandate they had no exact way to calculate the days spent away from home. It's not a cheat, it's a shortcut to save manpower.
     
  9. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

    2,256
    1,783
    May 22, 2017
    0
    Don't logs say how many days from home you we're? I guess not?
     
    drvrtech77 and TennMan Thank this.
  • Draft saved Draft deleted