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Is food a tax write off ?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jim163, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I met some idiot last week who claims to have 85 commercial accounts but I've never seen him working. Kid says he writes off breakfast and lunch. Is this possible?
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    The short answer is no you can't. But yes, you can deduct "certain" meals. Example if you call a staff meeting of employees and have it at say a breakfast place then yes you can buy all the employees breakfast and deduct that. Also every once in a while you could say buy your employees lunch while they are on the job you could deduct that. But to just "deduct" every single breakfast and lunch, no not only can't you do that (and even more so if you are a solo op) but if he has employees and also buys theirs everyday, then that would probably be considered extra "salary" and in addition to their W-2's he would have to 10-99 that portion of their "pay". In addition the IRS meals deduction is only a 50% one also. In other words if the meal cost $10 you only get a $5 deduction......and then that is only on "legal" meals.
  3. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    Yes, legally you can deduct food. This is what you need to do. First, buy a restauarant and charge it off that way. However, as MM said being solo is a big no. Good Luck!!
  4. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    I think IRS is thinking your going to eat breakfast/lunch to live even if you are unemployed so why should a businessman get a deduction for that.
  5. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I didnt think so. Just looking for more reasons to hate this kid.

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