Tax Reform Modifications TOWARDS THE Deduction For Business Meals And Entertainment

Previously, the deduction for otherwise allowable entertainment, enjoyment, or recreation expenses was limited to 50 percent of the total amount paid or incurred. After December 31 The TCJA eliminated this 50 percent deduction for amounts paid, or incurred, 2017. However, quantities for expenses that were previously completely deductible under specific exceptions are retained under the TCJA. Amounts covered membership in clubs organized for business, social, or recreational purposes aren’t (and, generally, weren’t previously) deductible. The TCJA repealed an exception to this general rule for the allowance of membership fees used to further a taxpayer’s trade or business. The TCJA made certain changes to the tax treatment of food or beverages provided to employees.

For Employees: The TCJA didn’t change taxes treatment of food or drinks provided by a company. 1. Meals provided as a de minimis fringe advantage. 3. Meals provided to employees for the capability of the company at the employer’s business location, e.g., meals provided to a worker over lunchtime so she actually is there to consider an emergency call. For Employers: The deduction for amounts paid or incurred for normally allowable, food, or drink expenditures is limited to 50 percent.

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Certain exceptions to the general guideline allow an employer to take a full deduction for such food and beverage costs. The TCJA didn’t change several exceptions; however, changes were designed to the deduction for drinks or food excluded from an employee’s income as discussed above. Prior to the TCJA, the deduction for expenses satisfying the requirements of the first or second categories above wasn’t limited, while the deduction for amounts falling in the third category were generally limited by 50 percent.

Now, quantities incurred or paid in the first two categories above are 50 percent deductible. Further, the TCJA provides that amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2025, that fall into the second and third categories above are no more deductible. The 50-percent deduction remains for meals with clients provided business was conducted and such expense wasn’t lavish, considered or extravagant entertainment, recreation, or amusement.

In addition, no change was designed to the 50-percent deduction for meal costs during business travel. The changes above may affect a taxpayer’s purchasing decisions. • All entertainment, amusement, and recreation expenses not meeting one of the above-mentioned categories. At night clubs Such nondeductible expenses can include entertaining, sticktail lounges, theaters, country clubs, golf, and athletic clubs, sporting events, and on hunting, fishing, vacation, and similar trips. It’s unclear as of this true point, absent IRS assistance, whether business foods with clients at such entertainment occasions will be 50 percent deductible.

Be sure to visit BKD’s Tax Reform Resource Center to find out more on the new regulation. Contact your trusted BKD consultant for help determining the effect these new meal and entertainment provisions may have on your specific situation. 1. In general, no deduction was allowed for entertainment expenditures unless the amounts paid or incurred were straight related to or from the active to carry out of the taxpayer’s business. 2. No deduction is allowed for foods unless the taxpayer or an employee exists when the food or beverages are furnished and the meals or beverages aren’t luxurious or extravagant under the circumstances.