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At the Company's Expense: Crazy Expense Report Items Sent to CFOs: Crazy Expense Report Items Sent to CFOs

Magazine article Talent Development

At the Company's Expense: Crazy Expense Report Items Sent to CFOs: Crazy Expense Report Items Sent to CFOs

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Countless workers submit expense reports-and many of them are filled with understandable items, such as transportation and dining. But chief financial officers also have seen bizarre items that employees attempt to expense-imagine being asked to sign off on rent or taxidermy.

Those are some of the real things that CFOs have been presented with, according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey. Responses indicate that employees have asked for reimbursement on vacations, loans, dance classes, and even a new car. But it gets weirder-one employee expensed a side of beef (an actual half of a cow), and another tried to get reimbursed for somebody else's salary.

"These outlandish and sometimes funny examples shed light on what can be a serious problem for businesses," says Tim Hird, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "Inappropriate expense reports are costly-both to the company's bottom line and to the careers of the people who submit them."

The survey asked respondents if they've seen a difference in the amount of inappropriate expense reports in the past year. …

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