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Are lunches a write off?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Gene $immons, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    Say I go to McDonalds and either buy lunch for myself, or for my crew. Is this a tax write off?
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    yep..business expense
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Ask an accountant.
  4. twj721

    twj721 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 619

    My CPA said that you either had tyo have abusiness metting wich could include safety meeting type or and over so many miles from home location think she said 50 mile but not for sure Have a great day.
  5. new2nash

    new2nash LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    ...the typical McDonald's lunch is not a write off
  6. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    Lunch IS a write off but you MUST talk business during the lunch you wish to deduct. Just getting lunch for yourself is NOT deductable. First I ever heard of the 50 mile clause. Hope this helps.
  7. down size

    down size LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 78

    Yes lunchs can be. We are a incorporation and I have to show so many minutes of meeting a month. I try to have one a week!
  8. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    I take that back:hammerhead: ...Yes you can claim meals (not just lunch) if you are out of town (on the road). That 50 mile rule is probably correct. Sorry for the mix-up.
  9. PlantSolutions

    PlantSolutions LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    You can not write off yourself, especially on a daily basis unless you are out of town on business. However, if you take the crew to lunch and have a meeting, you can write it off as an expense. Need to keep receipt and put who and when on the receipt.
  10. BladeRunner1967

    BladeRunner1967 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    What if you bought a bunch of deli meats and cheese's for the guys once a month? Would that be deductible. Business would be discussed of course.

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