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July 2014

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Deduct Golf Expenses by Knowing When to Speak

If you are not in the golf business, you deduct business golf as an associated entertainment expense.


There’s one cardinal rule for deducting associated entertainment expenses—link your entertainment activity with a substantial, provable business discussion.


Easy enough, right? Here’s the problem with golf. The IRS makes an assumption that your discussion with your fellow golfers while on the course is never business-related.


Even if you actually do discuss business while playing, you likely cannot use that nonbusiness-setting discussion to qualify your entertainment expenses.


But this problem has a simple solution. Move the business discussion to a “business setting” shortly before or after you hit the links.


In this article, we explain how to do this the right way.


Golf Is the Fun Part


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