What The New Meals and Entertainment Deductions Look Like
By Mark Kruczek, CPA, MST – Shareholder, Doeren Mayhew
Over the years, businesses have become accustomed to the benefits of deducting its business-related meals and entertainment expenses. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 enacted changes to the deductibility of qualified meals and entertainment that every business should take note of. Check out the changes below in a side-by-side comparison of past and present laws:
To maximize tax deductions and save time on tax preparation of your 2018 tax returns, Doeren Mayhew recommends updating your general ledger with separate accounts for business meals (50 percent deductible), entertainment (nondeductible) and recreational/social employee expenses (100 percent deductible).
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