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May 2016

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Q&A: Dutch-Treat Business Meals


Editor’s Update: Directly-related entertainment is deductible prior to January 1, 2018. See Tax Reform Wipes Out 50 Percent Business Entertainment Deductions.




I went to my accountant, and he told me my meals are not deductible. He said that I can deduct the client meals only.


I have about two (documented) business meals a week during which I do one of the three following things:



Show homes to clients for their possible purchase


Ask for referrals


Question prospects about what type of home they are looking for


I thought when I paid the tab for the cost of breakfast, lunch, or coffee—which included the client or prospect and me—that I could deduct the full cost, not just the client’s or prospect’s cost. Am I right that I can? ... Log in to view full article.

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