The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changed business deductions related to meals and entertainment expenditures. Our office has received several questions over the past year regarding what expenditures are still deductible under the new law.
Prior to TCJA, businesses were generally able to deduct 50 percent of the cost of meals and entertainment expenditures that were directly related to the taxpayer’s business. Under the new law, these business expenditures are subject to the following limitations:
We recommend that you update your chart of accounts to separately track each category of expense. You should also keep adequate receipts and records to prove your expenses. These records should show the date, amount of the expense, location, and number of people present.