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Big Changes for Meals & Entertainment Expenses

Written by Diane Kennedy, CPA on December 19, 2017

It’s over 1000 pages long and there are a lot of little nuances to the new tax plan. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting changes that will impact business owners and real estate investors.

If you don’t have a business or invest in real estate, start. This bill specifically targets employees. Your tax form got a whole lot simpler and chances are, you’ll pay more

There are some changes for businesses too. One of those is for the meals and entertainment expense.

In the past, you could take a deduction for entertainment expenses if there was business associated before, during or after. For example, rent a sky box for your high roller clients and watch the game together. If you have a meeting before, during or after, it’s a write off.

No more.

Starting next year, the entertainment expense is gone.

Also gone is the meals “for the benefit of the employer” 100% write off. It’s now 50% and soon will be gone completely. So, for all those who picked up a latte and a bagel to eat at your home office desk while you checked your emails, sorry. You’ve only got a few more days of that one left.

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