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Honorarium Information

April 6, 2023

We often see honorariums used incorrectly when processing payments. An honorarium should be sent to a person in lieu of reimbursing specific expenses. Consider it like a speaking fee or a consulting payment.

These are some cases we see that are NOT an honorarium: teaching a class, paying a contract for a speaking engagement, or giving an honorarium to a company.

Processing a payment to an independent contractor requires the Request for Payment to an Individual (ICQ) form. On the first page of the ICQ form is the ‘Non-Contractor Payment’ section with a box for Honorarium. When paying an honorarium, this box is checked and no additional review of the activity by Human Resources Compensation is required.

Questions about how to classify a payment? Contact Human Resources Compensation at or Vendor File Management at

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