Meal Expense Maximums for Meetings and Entertainment

The maximum amount per person that can be reimbursed for allowable meeting and entertainment occasions varies depending on the meal. Increased rates effective July 1, 2022.

Meal Maximums per Person

Meal type Maximum per person rates (on or after 7/1/2022)
Breakfast $31
Lunch $54
Dinner $94
Light refreshment $22

Current maximums come from UC Policy BUS-79 and to be updated.

Per-person meal expense is for an entire event and:

  • Includes: pre-meal items (e.g., beverages and hors d'oeuvres), meal, labor, sales tax, delivery charges, and other service fees.
  • Does not include: room rental and setup fees, media rental fees, decorations, and other non-meal expenses.

The host is required to provide receipts for departmental review. The receipts must identify both food and beverage charges.

Frequency Limits

UCI does not pay or reimburse frequent or routine expenditures for meals or light refreshments for employees as they're considered taxable income by the IRS.

For meetings and entertainment events, limit:

  • Meals to once per month, per group.
  • Light refreshments to twice per month, per group.

Serving Alcoholic Beverages

All UCI Sponsored Events that include the service of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with UCI Alcohol Policy, Section 900-13 and California State Law. In some cases, you may need to submit an Alcohol Request Form in advance of the event.

Visit the Hospitality & Dining Services Alcohol Policies for more information, including a decision tree that can help you determine if the form is required.