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Employee Moving Expense Reimbursement

Steps in the process of obtaining approval for a candidate move:

Moving allowances should be spelled out in the candidate’s offer letter and approved by the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Successful candidates must submit at least two quotes from movers in his/her area. UConn Health will use the lower of the two quotes. (The candidate may elect to utilize the mover who has submitted the higher quote, however, UConn Health will only pay the amount of the lowest quote for the move.)

A Note About Moving Quotes: Care should be given to ensure that the candidate understands their moving quote and ensures that the quote encompasses all services needed. Quotes based solely on phone conversations are discouraged and on-site quotes are encouraged. Where possible, candidates should request binding quotes.

Preparing the Move Request Form: The candidate’s department prepares an Employee Move Request Form, attaches the two quotes and a copy of the offer letter and obtains signatures from department head. The form allows for expenses associated with moving an employees household possessions, travel/mileage costs, and food and lodging subject to the limits below. Once completed, the form should be forwarded to the Finance Manager (MC 5305) for review and recommendation of approval from Executive Vice President.

Once the request has been approved by the EVP, the original is returned to the originating department.

Also of note, we use IRS guidelines in determining eligibility and mileage reimbursement rates. Therefore an employee is subject to the IRS’s 50 mile moving radius criteria and will be reimbursed for mileage at the IRS standard mileage rate for moving.

The current rate for moving on or after January 1, 2017 is 17 cents per mile. The previous moving rate was 19 cents per mile.

The table below provides the allowed moving amounts based on the distance moved. All amounts claimed must be backed up with receipts.

Moving Distance Days Allowed Lodging Meals Per Person
0-450 1 $100.00 $49.00
451-900 2 $200.00 $98.00
901-1350 3 $300.00 $147.00
1351-1800 4 $400.00 $196.00
1801-2250 5 $500.00 $245.00
2251-2700 6 $600.00 $294.00
2701 and Over 7 $700.00 $343.00
 The moving expenses offer may then be made to the candidate.

When the Candidate Would Like UConn Health to Pay for the Movers Directly

The Procurement Department may be used to facilitate P.O.’s for moving. Where the candidate has elected the lower quote, the Health Center pays 100% of the moving expenses. Where the candidate elects to go with the higher quote, UConn Health can issue a P.O. for the amount of the lower quote with the candidate making up the difference directly to the mover. The mover must have a fully executed purchase order in hand before the actual packing and shipping date. You may request that Purchasing return the purchase order to you and then send “FedEx or by other means” to the mover.

To utilize Procurement, the department must prepare a purchase requisition, and submit it through HuskyBuy for processing, with the approved Candidate/Employee Moving Expense Request attached to the requisition.

Candidate/Employee Moving Expense Reimbursements

Upon the completion of the candidate/employee’s relocation, the candidate/department fills out the Miscellaneous Payment Reimbursement Form.

Have the candidate/employee sign and date the Miscellaneous Payment Form before it is submitted.

Submit the completed Miscellaneous Payment Reimbursement Form with all supporting documents (paid receipts, approved candidate/employee Moving Expense Request) to the Director of Finance for review and approval.

Once approved, the Director of Finance will determine the taxable and nontaxable portions of the reimbursement and send to HR for payment.

The department should retain a copy of the complete package including copies of all receipts for future reference.

The reimbursement will be made with the employee’s payroll check.

Please note that moving reimbursement is just that reimbursement for the movement of a household’s tangible items from one location to another and therefore does not include the following:

  • House hunting, home selling costs, losses on sale of housing, etc., and/or moving of lab materials/equipment.