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April 2013

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Are You Cheating Yourself of Tax-Deductible Entertainment?

If you spend $5,000 on business entertainment during the tax year, how much can you deduct?


If you said “50 percent,” you are correct.


How much of the $5,000 do you report to your tax preparer?


If you said “$2,500,” you are likely wrong. Why? Because tax preparers usually make the 50 percent cut when preparing tax returns.


Problem 1


In its publication where it discusses the entertainment deduction, the IRS states that you apply the 50 percent limit after identifying the amount deductible.1


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