Maximizing Deductions – Meal Expense – LNK Tax Group

Maximizing Deductions – Meal Expense – LNK Tax Group

Maximizing Deductions - Meal Expense

50 Percent Deductions:

• Lunch with customer, client or employee associated with a business


Taxes and tips relating to a meal or entertainment activity

• Room rental for a dinner or cocktail party (assuming the event met the

business relation test)

100 Percent Deductions:

• Transportation costs to and from a business meal or entertainment activity,

may be 100 percent deductible or 50 percent depending on the facts.

• Meals provided on the employer’s premises for the employer’s convenience,

if more than 50 percent of the employees are furnished meals for the

employer’s convenience

• Promotional activities that are made available to the general public

• Employer-provided social/recreational expenses primarily for the benefit of

employees who are not highly compensated, such as a summer picnic or

holiday party

• Business gifts up to $25 to any one individual per tax year

Nondeductible Items:

• Lunch with customer, client or employee without a business purpose/


• Ticket price for sporting event that you do not attend

• Club dues; for example, country clubs, golf and athletic clubs

• Lavish or extravagant entertainment expenses (basically unreasonable


• Under TCJA, entertainment deductions are eliminated. Based on IRS

guidance issued Oct 3, 2018, meals will continue to be deductible.

Tax Savings Ranges:

50-100% deduction times your income tax rate.

Our Thoughts:

With the changes Donald Trump made to the tax code, meals (and entertainment) have become even more difficult to understand. Make sure to call LNK Tax Group for a free 20 minute consultation. Don’t attempt to do it yourself. We are here to help!


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