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Business and Financial Policies and Procedures

8.11.2 Reimbursement for Relocation Expenses Incurred

Policy Statement

Units of the University of Illinois System may reimburse newly hired or transferred employees for expenses incurred during the relocation process. The system may process direct payments to moving vendors for expenses related to the relocation process. The cumulative relocation payments may not exceed $15,000 without prior approval from the chancellor, vice chancellor for health affairs, provost, or their delegate. The total amount of the financial assistance available to the employee must be documented in a signed employment offer letter. If the amount and/or form are not documented in the signed offer letter, additional documentation detailing these criteria and unit head approval must be provided for the benefit to be processed. An individual university or the System Offices may require additional levels of approval, or restrictions on the total dollar amount of relocation assistance payment. Relocation payments, both reimbursements and direct payments to moving vendors are considered taxable income, may not be grossed-up, and are not considered wages for SURS purposes.

Relocation payments from sponsored awards must follow current federal and state regulations.

Reason for the Policy

The University of Illinois System allows reimbursement of incurred relocation expenses and direct payments to system-contracted moving vendors to assist with the recruitment of new or transferred employees.

Applicability of the Policy

Units may, when funds are available, provide reimbursement of incurred relocation expenses, with the option to process direct payments to system-contracted moving vendors to new or transferred faculty or staff. Contact the appropriate university or system human resources office if there are questions regarding the applicability of this policy.


University Payables reports personal moving expenses to University Payroll & Benefits (UPB). An employee will not be reimbursed for relocation expenses until approval of the expenses. Upon reimbursement, employees will see an increase in their taxable income and withholdings on a subsequent paycheck that reflects the approved relocation expenses. This withholding may occur several pay periods after an expense report is processed by University Payables.

Reimbursement for Expenses Incurred

University Payables processes reimbursements for incurred relocation expenses.

The language in the signed employment letter and/or additional documentation should read as follows:

You will be reimbursed for expenses to cover the cost of your relocation up to $[amount of payment], processed directly to you after approval of the expenses. This assistance is taxable income and the appropriate withholding for your pay will be applied.

Units should charge reimbursable moving costs either to their regular operating budget or to other funds available for operating purposes. Reimbursement from sponsored awards must follow current federal and state regulations. Consult your university Sponsored Projects Administration office for guidance. A copy of the signed employment offer letter must be provided to University Payables. Refer to the Chrome River Resource Page for instructions to process expense reimbursement requests.

Option to Process Direct Payments to System-Contracted Moving Vendors

University Purchasing Divisions assist Units with direct payments related to Employee Household Goods Moving. Units must complete an applicable Relocation Template letter (UIUC, UIC, UIS, or University System) and email it to the Federal Warehouse Co. copying the new employee and the Units’ Purchasing representative(s). Units should contact their Purchasing office with questions about the Relocation Template letter. Units must attach a copy of the signed offer letter and the completed Relocation Template Letter when processing expense reports for approved payments in Chrome River.

Related Policies and Procedures

8.11 Relocation Assistance
18.5 Fringe Benefits

Additional Resources

Chrome River Resource Page
Household Goods and University Equipment Moving

First Published: January 2020 | Last Updated: April 2023 | Last Reviewed: April 2023

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