Overview of IRS tax rules for qualified business meals and entertainment expenses
In 2021 and 2022, a 100% business meal deduction was temporarily put in place by the IRS in an effort to support restaurants impacted by COVID. Unfortunately, the 100% meal deduction sunset for 2023. However, there are still significant business meal tax saving opportunities for 2023.
Following is an overview of the meals and entertainment deduction changes, IRS rules regarding the deductions, and recordkeeping tips.
Deductible Business Meals for 2023
- Business meals with clients
- The meal must have a business purpose to be deductible.
- Food items for the office
- Meals while traveling for work or training
- Meals at a conference
- Food and beverages for company holiday parties
- Food and beverages given to the public
- Dinner for employees working late at the office
- The meal is deductible if it is on the employer’s premises; remote work from home does not qualify, and
- Meal is outside of normal business hours of employer
Are there any business entertainment expenses that qualify for a deduction?
The following business entertainment expenses may still be tax deductible in 2023:
- Expenses for company activities like a holiday party, rewards trip; or costs tied to professional association business meetings or conferences
- For companies that sell entertainment to their customers, there are exceptions to the entertainment deductions.
- For example, a restaurant /bar/music venue pays a band to perform for customers.
Meal expense recordkeeping tips for 2024
For meals totaling over $75
The IRS requires businesses to keep receipts or documentation of the meal expense.
For meals under $75
The IRS has no specific requirement to keep receipts to document the expense.
Businesses should keep a record of all deductible meals. The following information should be captured for recordkeeping:
- Date of the meal
- Total including tax and tip
- Name of the restaurant
- Details of the business meal (who attended and how it related to your business).
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