No More Tax-Free Lunch

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No More Tax-Free Lunch

November 3, 2018 Uncategorized 0

Business Owners, this is not a happy part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes.

We have lost the Meals and Entertainment 50% deduction. But some meals remain a deduction (aka a write off). Taking a client or prospect out to lunch is no longer a 50% deduction.  No deduction for tickets you might gift, not for rounds of golf, and not for social/recreational memberships.

You can write off any of these expenses provided for employees IF it is treated as compensation to the employee – meaning taxed on their W-2 as additional income.  Company holiday party or picnic for every employee is still a full deduction.  And if you hold events where a meal is included in the price the client pays (Cost of Goods Sold) that remains a full write off.

Travel meals remain a 50% write off and feeding your staff in house so they can work through lunch or have in house education is also a 50% deduction.

Just know your new rules and consult with a tax professional and planner to make great decisions.


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