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When you book flex travel do you pay the benefits tax on it or just book it like normal?

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A3, yes I'm MD and as I said, depending on the cost structure of the account, it can affect profitability. EY1, generally, if it's at or below what it would cost to go home 100% of the time, that's a slightly different story. I'll typically let it slide if it's a rare occurrence, but from experience, the repeat offenders are the ones that try to flex every other week.

@A7 agreed. Clearly worried about the wrong things. I would think that developing talent and growing the practice would be priorities, not trying to eliminate what is the best perk about being in a traveling project. Employee happiness improves your bottomline too. I really hope this is a troll

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Unofficial advice: just mark everything as Client Work. Nobody checks and nobody cares. No tax that way.

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Well you're no fun^^

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There is literally no way it can affect profitability if the price is at or below what it would cost to go home. Gtfoh acc1

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If it's the same price as a flight back home, what's the difference?

I have literally never met a single consultant that reports alt travel as taxable income.

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@A1 how would it affect project profitability if the flex travel is of equal or lesser cost? If anything, not reporting it as flex travel saves the company money as they don't have to incur the additional tax

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But you wouldn't be able to do it if you weren't flying for client related work 🤔

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By marking it as client travel, you are taking money directly out of my paycheck to pay for a flight that the client demands. I don't care how it's classified, but I don't want to have to pay for client travel. And it shouldn't matter to my firm where I'm flying to or from if they are paying the same amount. The firm should build in tax coverage for most benefits (as it does for project awards). not doing so is extremely cheap.

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That's just called a power trip. Good luck finding your passion

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Bet A1 is an awesome MD to be on a project with. Smh. Stick up sideways with this one. Sounds like the one I had once that wouldn't approve a cheaper flight that was out of policy for some reason. So I booked the most expensive one in policy costing more.

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When "rules are rules" is your best argument... you have a terrible argument.

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@A1 and that impacts you directly how? Unless you're at the MD level. I make sacrifices by being away from home for most of the week. Being able to flex travel is one of the biggest perks, FYI.

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It's calculated as taxable income.

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I will raise hell if I discovered anyone on my team were marking their personal travel as client work.

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@A1 why do you care? Does it personally impact your work?

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Nobody checks that unless you fly outside of your usual travel costs. You are just a number on a spreadsheet. Just be careful not to say anything to anyone.

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Thanks to this thread, I've asked PMO to check irregularities and ask questions where necessary.

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I honestly don't get what the fussing is about. I'm willing to listen if you're making a compelling argument. I'm not advocating taking away the benefit of flex travel. All I'm saying is mark it appropriately in CWT. Is there was no logical reasoning behind that option in CWT, it never would have been there. Again, keep in mind what I said earlier - depending on the cost structure of the account, flex travel can affect profitability. I can't go into details here, but feel free to leave a burner and I'll explain. This isn't a case of an MD being on a power trip etc. Hell, I barely just got promoted and have my own gripes with things I see, but at least I have a compelling argument.

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a4 it's when you go to another city instead of home for the weekend. Sometimes called alternate/alt travel.

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My project checks. I have to mark it alt travel

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