Expense Report Madness: Dance Classes, Ski Trips and … a Welder?

Companies need to carefully monitor their costs, and make sure employees are reimbursed appropriately for legitimate job-related expenses. But when workers submit improper expense report requests, it’s enough to make a chief financial officer scream (or laugh out loud, and then scream).

And it’s likely a lot of CFOs are feeling the need to scream these days: New research from Robert Half Management Resources suggests that inappropriate requests for reimbursement are common.

When asked if they have seen such requests increase or decrease over the past three years, the majority of CFOs we surveyed (88 percent) said that they have seen either no change or an increase in inappropriate expense report requests.

Check out our slideshow to see 20 top unusual expense report requests from this year’s survey!

20 Unusual Expense Report Requests from Robert Half

Here are just a few examples of what some employees have expected their companies to pay for:

  • A new car
  • Rental homes
  • Vacations
  • A flat-screen TV

No – the above is not a list of top prizes from the Showcase Showdown on “The Price Is Right.” However, the employees who submitted these outrageous requests — and those who asked for their company to reimburse them for loan payments, their monthly rent and another person’s salary (!!!) — perhaps do deserve special acknowledgement for their, shall we say, gumption?

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