Surgery, sweet 16 parties and toilet paper: weirdest expense claims revealed

Surgery, sweet 16 parties and toilet paper: weirdest expense claims revealed

Cosmetic surgery, toilet paper and socks are just a few of the widely varied items employees have attempted to expense, according to a new report.

The number of improper expense report requests – from the surprising to the mundane, from big-ticket items to everyday necessities – shows little sign of decline according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey.

The survey of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) revealed that everything from rental homes to cigars had been claimed back from companies, with 40% of executives reporting an increase in inappropriate requests.

"These examples, while sometimes humorous, also illustrate more serious concerns with inaccurate or inappropriate expense reports – in terms of both the costs incurred by the business itself, as well as the impact on the professional image of those who submit them," David King, Canadian President of Robert Half Management Resources said in a press release.

"Companies should ensure that employees are well-educated on the reporting process, and receive regular updates on how to use and access the tools available.

“Simplifying the system as much as possible, and clearly defining expense approval expectations, will help cut down on inconsistencies and questionable requests." 

Some of the most notable expense claims uncovered by the survey include;

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Speeding tickets
  • Vacations
  • A pair of socks
  • Video game console
  • Yoga and Pilates classes
  • Cigars
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair supplies
  • A trailer rental for a family reunion
  • Sweet 16 birthday venue
  • A camping trip
  • Charges from a day at the spa
  • Flowers that an employee purchased for his wife 

What’s the oddest item you’ve seen claimed on expenses? Tell us in the comments…


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Comments (3)

  • Jan
    Mon, 4 Apr 2016 2:33pm BST
    Attended a work conference where the National Director asked his team to stop submitting claims for adult channels in their hotels when staying overnight on business.
  • Keith
    Mon, 4 Apr 2016 1:52pm BST
    Surely a duck house must be the most bizarre
  • Boris
    Mon, 4 Apr 2016 1:04pm BST
    A friend of mine once bought some massage oil/lube from an online store but didn't realise that he'd put it on his company card until his boss walked into the office and asked him what the charge was for. Seeing that it had come from Amazon my friend was able to look back through his orders and much to his embarrassment there was the item. He had to pay the money back directly to the institution but was so embarrassed that I had to go with him to make the payment as he wasn't comfortable talking about it. His face stayed red for the majority of the day.

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