B-151478, JUL. 31, 1963

B-151478: Jul 31, 1963

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YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK. OF THIS 66 POUNDS WERE CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE LEAVING A BALANCE OF 118 POUNDS FOR WHICH YOU PAID $123.90 FOR SHIPMENT. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU SHIPPED A TOTAL OF 434 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS OF WHICH 66 POUNDS WERE SHIPPED FREE. SINCE YOU WERE AUTHORIZED SHIPMENT AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE OF 150 POUNDS BY AIR FREIGHT YOU WOULD BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF 150/250 OF $135 THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR SHIPMENT OF 250 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR FREIGHT OR $81. SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHIPPED BY SURFACE TRANSPORTATION. WE HAVE ASCERTAINED THAT THE COST OF SHIPPING 218 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY SURFACE FROM CORONA. WOULD HAVE BEEN $33.95. WERE ENTITLED TO BE REIMBURSED $81 PLUS $33.95 OR A TOTAL OF $114.95 FOR TRANSPORTATION OF PERSONAL EFFECTS.

B-151478, JUL. 31, 1963

TO MRS. VERNON LEE FORRESTER:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 1, 1963, REQUESTING RECONSIDERATION OF OUR SETTLEMENT OF FEBRUARY 19, 1963, WHICH DISALLOWED A PORTION OF YOUR CLAIM FOR EXCESS COST OF SHIPMENT OF YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR.

YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO SITKA, ALASKA, AND TO SHIP 150 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR FREIGHT AND AN ESTIMATED 200 POUNDS BY SURFACE CONVEYANCE. UNITED AIRLINES AIRWAY BILL DATED OCTOBER 6, 1960, SHOWS THAT YOU SHIPPED 250 POUNDS OF EFFECTS BY AIR AT A COST OF $135. BY UNITED AIRLINES TICKET DATED OCTOBER 8, 1960, YOU TRANSPORTED 184 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS. OF THIS 66 POUNDS WERE CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE LEAVING A BALANCE OF 118 POUNDS FOR WHICH YOU PAID $123.90 FOR SHIPMENT.

YOU SAY THAT THE UNITED AIRLINES AT IDLEWILD AIRPORT, NEW YORK, REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING FOR THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR FREIGHT AND IN ORDER NOT TO DELAY YOUR DEPARTURE YOU SHIPPED PART OF YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS ON THE PLANE ON WHICH YOU TRAVELED. YOU SHIPPED YOUR REMAINING PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR FREIGHT. THE FACT THAT THE UNITED AIRLINES REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING WOULD NOT AUTHORIZE YOU TO SHIP YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS OTHER THAN BY THE METHOD AUTHORIZED IN YOUR TRAVEL ORDER.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOU SHIPPED A TOTAL OF 434 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS OF WHICH 66 POUNDS WERE SHIPPED FREE. SINCE YOU WERE AUTHORIZED SHIPMENT AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE OF 150 POUNDS BY AIR FREIGHT YOU WOULD BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF 150/250 OF $135 THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR SHIPMENT OF 250 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR FREIGHT OR $81. THE BALANCE OF YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS, 218 POUNDS, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHIPPED BY SURFACE TRANSPORTATION.

WE HAVE ASCERTAINED THAT THE COST OF SHIPPING 218 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY SURFACE FROM CORONA, NEW YORK TO SITKA, ALASKA, WOULD HAVE BEEN $33.95. YOU, THEREFORE, WERE ENTITLED TO BE REIMBURSED $81 PLUS $33.95 OR A TOTAL OF $114.95 FOR TRANSPORTATION OF PERSONAL EFFECTS. BY BUREAU VOUCHER NO. 59-1-371 YOU WERE ALLOWED $61.77 FOR TRANSPORTATION OF 118 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS BY AIR. YOU WERE ALSO GIVEN CREDIT OF $33.13 FOR TRANSPORTATION BY SURFACE OF 250 POUNDS OF PERSONAL EFFECTS. THEREFORE, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF $20.05. THE SETTLEMENT OF FEBRUARY 19, 1963, INADVERTENTLY ALLOWED YOU AN ADDITIONAL $85.74 FOR TRANSPORTATION OF PERSONAL EFFECTS AND SHOULD BE IGNORED. HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE SAYING THAT YOU HAVE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE CHECK FOR $85.74 AND RETURNED IT. THIS CHECK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. YOU ARE OF THE BELIEF THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO TAXES DEDUCTED. WE ARE REQUIRED BY INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO WITHHOLD TAXES FROM AMOUNTS PAID REPRESENTING THE PORTION OF THE COST OF SHIPMENT OF PERSONAL EFFECTS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES IN CONNECTION WITH MOVING EXPENSES OF NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES.

IF YOU AGREE TO ACCEPT SETTLEMENT OF YOUR CLAIM ON THE BASIS OF THE ABOVE IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU CONTACT THE CLAIMS DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE AND A SETTLEMENT WILL ISSUE IN THE AMOUNT OF $20.05, LESS THE APPLICABLE TAX. THE ACCEPTANCE OF A CHECK FOR THE BALANCE DUE WOULD IN NO WAY PREJUDICE ANY FURTHER CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE IN THE MATTER.