What is an Honorarium
An honorarium is a payment granted in recognition
of a special service or distinguished achievement for which
custom or propriety forbids any fixed business price to
be set. The amount of the honorarium should be specified
in an agreement or in correspondence with the individual
who will receive the honorarium. A copy of the agreement
or correspondence should accompany any request for payment.
Who Can be Paid and Who Can Receive an
Generally, honoraria are paid to persons
of scholarly or professional standing in conjunction with
an academic activity at UCI.
Full-time UCI academic appointees are
not normally eligible to receive additional compensation
for activities related to their recognized University duties,
except that in certain cases members of the UCI faculty may
receive honoraria for lectures and similar services at campuses
other than their own. Faculty may also receive honoraria
for creative work and University-sponsored conferences at
any University of California campus (see APM
666). However, UCI faculty members that are members of the Senior Management Group are not eligible to receive honoraria from any UC program (see Regents Policy 7701 - SMG Salary and Appointment and 7707 - SMG Outside Professional Activities).
No designated employee shall accept any honorarium from any source if the employee would be required to report the receipt of income or gifts from that source on his or her statement of economic interests.
Examples: What is Considered an Honorarium
Payment to UC Faculty for:
Giving a special lecture or a short series
of such lectures for a campus other than the faculty member's
Participating in a campus sponsored program
review for a campus other than the faculty member's home
A concert or other creative work on any
Payment to Non-UC Faculty for:
Conducting a seminar or a workshop of no
more than two-week's duration.
A musical demonstration related to Music Department instruction.
Speaking at a commencement exercise or
other similar function.
Appraising an article to be submitted to a professional
Presentation by Continuation Education of the Bar (CEB)
author or lecturer.
Examples: What is NOT Considered an Honorarium
Performance fee payments to individuals
or groups for professional services not directly related
to academic functions.
Payments to independent consultants providing
primarily professional or technical advice to the University
in an independent contractor relationship.
Payments to faculty consultants who hold
a faculty appointment and who provide specialized professional
or technical advice to a campus extramurally supported
project or to an activity supported from University funds.
Additional compensation for Summer Session
Teaching, University Extension Teaching, University Extension
Correspondence courses or Extramurally Funded Research.
How to Submit an Honorarium
The Check Request and documentation should be sent to Biological Sciences 3, Suite 1400, Irvine, Ca 92697-1050.
A One-Time Payroll Payment Authorization Form is used or a one-time payment is transacted
using the Online Payroll Time Reporting System. Such payments
are subject to withholding for income and employment taxes
and are reported on the employee's Form W-2. All requests
must be approved by the campus Office of Academic Personnel
to ensure compliance with APM
All Non-UC Faculty
A Check Request is used to pay appropriate University
expenses such as honoraria. All relevant documentation
should be attached to the request for payment. California
residency status and Social Security Number (or Individual
Taxpayer Identification Number) must be shown in the spaces
Foreigners Providing Services Within
Foreigners are subject to Federal
tax withholding and reporting, and must have a visa
classification that permits honorarium payment. The following
completed forms must be attached to the Check Request
for a foreigner:
Copy of passport
Copy of I-94 stamp on visa
Certification of Academic Activity
of Foreign Status for Federal Tax Withholding (UC W-8BEN)
IRS Form 8233, Exemption from Withholding/Non-Resident
Alien and FAQs
Authority to Approve Honorarium
Vice Chancellors, Deans, and Chief Executive
Officer, UC Irvine Medical Center, are delegated the authority
to approve payment of honoraria up to $5,000 for non-UC faculty.
For payments to UC faculty, the Executive Vice Chancellor will approve payments after review by Academic Personnel. Payments are limited to $1,000 per event for one or more days and exceptions up to $2,000 per event.
The Executive Vice Chancellor and Associate
Executive Vice Chancellor are delegated the authority to
approve payment of honoraria up to $10,000. The Chancellor
approves honoraria over $10,000.
Accounting Office - Accounts Payable/Payquest
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
California Fair Political Practices Commission
and Other Restrictions on Gifts, Honoraria, Travel, and
of Economic Interests, Form 700
Academic Personnel Manual
666, Additional Compensation, Lectures and Similar Services
Disbursements: Honorarium Payments
Disbursements: State Tax Withholding from Nonwage Payments
to Nonresidents Of California
Taxes: Federal Taxation of Aliens
7701 - SMG Salary and Appointment
7707 - SMG Outside Professional Activities
UCI Administrative Policies & Procedures
Policies on Gifts, Gratuities and Conflict of Interest
701-06, Processing and Distribution of Checks
707-12, Guidelines for Securing Services of Independent
712-10, Guidelines for Securing the Services of Independent
712-12, Guidelines for Performance Agreements
UCI Delegations of Authority
IDA 449 - Honoraria
IDA 473 - Honoraria, Redelegation