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Tax Reform Attacks On Meals & Entertainment

(posted: December 10th, 2018)

Meals and entertainment deductions changed

The TCJA changed what kinds of meals and entertainment can and cannot be deducted. The chart below gives you an overview.

Amount Deductible for Tax Year 2018

Description 100% 50% ZERO
Meals with clients and prospects.   X  
Entertainment with clients and prospects.     X
Employee meals for convenience of employer.   X  
Employee meals for required business meeting.   X  
Meals while traveling away from home overnight.   X  
Year-end party for employees and spouses. X    
Golf outing for all employees and spouses. X    
Year-end party for customers.     X
Meals for general public at marketing presentation. X    
Team-building recreational event for all employees. X    
Golf, theater, or football game with your best customer.     X


If you have questions about your business entertainment deduction options, please contact us.


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