Honorarium Payments to Visitors
Effective August 27, 2014 you are no longer required to complete a speaker agreement for guest speakers/honorarium recipients.
Although [Guest] Speaker Agreements have been discontinued, if you desire to record speakers or retain rights to the content presented, you must document the speaker’s grant of permission and transfer of rights in writing. In this case, please use the new streamlined "Speaker/Participation Content Recording Agreement" available from the Office of the Provost website.
If you need to pay an honorarium recipient, honorarium payments for visitors are now processed through PRISM IExpense. See the original announcement or the information below for details and instructions.
How to Pay Guest Speakers/Visitors - Honorarium Payments to Visitors:
Guest speakers and honorarium recipients alike can now be paid through PRISM
Internet Expenses "Hororarium Payments to Visitors". This enhanced functionality
was activated on Monday, November 17, 2014.
The University often pays honorariums to visitors. Examples of visitors include members of Boards of Visitors, guest speakers, panel members, judges, peer or program review members, and symposium speakers. The University may agree to either reimburse visitors’ travel & business (T&B) expenses or only pay an honorarium. In some cases, the University may also agree to both (reimbursement and honorarium payment).
Streamlined one-stop payment functionality
In order to simplify the request to pay honorariums and expense
reimbursements to U.S. visitors, we have expanded the PRISM
Internet Expenses application for online T&B processing to include
honorariums. This enhanced functionality was implemented on November 17,
2014 and will allow users to enter both the expense reimbursement and
honorarium payment on one expense report in one system, and will replace using
the PantherExpress System for guest speaker payments.
Although substantiated expenses are not tax-reportable according to IRS regulations, honorarium payments are tax-reportable. The IRS requires that all tax-reportable payments totaling more than $600 in a calendar year must be reported to the IRS and U.S. payees on IRS form 1099. In order to separately report the honorarium as tax-reportable, the following new “Expense Types” have been added to the “Non-Employee, Payment” process within PRISM Internet Expenses so that you may enter the amount of the honorarium:
- Honorarium – Board of Visitors
- Honorarium – Guest Speakers
- Honorarium – Judge
- Honorarium – Other
- Honorarium – Panel Members
- Honorarium – Peer/Program Review
- Honorarium – Symposium
Payments to visitors – information that is required
In addition to identifying the type of honoree, you also must provide an IRS form W9 if the honoree has not been paid within the last 24 months.
Payments to visitors - information that is NOT required
In accordance with the Provost’s email dated August 27, 2014 to Deans and Department Chairs titled “Visitors to Campus”, payment requests for visitors do not require a Speaker or Visitor Agreement. Consistent with previous practices, a Directed or Sole Source Justification form will not be required, nor will a certificate of insurance. Although the Guest Speaker Agreements have been discontinued, if you desire to record speakers or retain rights to the content presented, you must document the speaker’s grant of permission and transfer of rights in writing. A new streamlined “Speaker/Participation Content Recording Agreement” is available from the Office of the Provost website.
Other types of payments to visitors that may not be processed through PRISM Internet Expenses
It should be noted that this process may not be used for professional speakers who would like to execute a contract with the University. Unlike guest speakers, whose primary reason to visit is to share knowledge and expertise, professional speakers conduct lectures as their primary trade or business and are frequently represented by speakers’ bureaus. While the University does not require a contract for professional speakers, the professional speakers themselves may require that the University sign a contract. If that is the case, please submit the contract provided by the speaker to Purchasing Services through the Supplier Provided Agreement specialty form in the PantherExpress System.
On occasion, University departments require entertainers, musicians, artists or other similar performers. There may be special contract requirements and documents for these presenters. Please contact the procurement specialist assigned to your area to discuss contracts for these services.
How to use the new honorarium functionality
You must be granted access to the “Non-Employee, Payment” process. Detailed instructions are located on this page. If you are a current Internet Expenses user and do not yet have access to the “Non-Employee, Payment” process, please contact Heather Lego.
How to pay foreign national visitors
We are currently working on automating the process of requesting payments for foreign national honorariums and associated expenses. Until the automated process is available, please continue to submit as you have in the past. If you have questions about paying foreign nationals, please contact PantherExpress Customer Service by submitting an online inquiry or by calling 412-624-3578.
Guest speakers from outside the United States
You can have guest speakers from outside of the US. However, they do need to have the proper travel documents if there are to be any payments (honoraria). See the Foreign National section for payment requirements.