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Lunches

llama

LawnSite Member
Location
HOKES BLUFF AL
Can you count off your lunches each day while you are in the field working?

If the answer is yes, then where is it claimed for tax purposes?
 

Mikes Lawn Landscape

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Texas
missy dont you have to be buying lunch for someone and discussing business before its deductible or is the Whataburger I buy myself deductible.
 

missytheaccountant

LawnSite Member
Location
Bama
Well, you need to be reasonable and not over do it. Technically, I just looked it up on the IRS site, you are suppose to be away from home overnight or to the point that it requires you to rest. I still see people everyday claim meals (within reason) as business expense. I guess the way they look at it is.....who is to say you weren't meeting with a potential client or buying lunch for one. In the audits I have been involved with, as long as the deduction looked reasonable there wasn't a problem. But, that changes from accountant to accountant, so I'd be sure to check with your tax advisor.
 

bruces

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Independence, MO
Originally posted by missytheaccountant
Only half of the meal costs is deductible. It is deducted on your Schedule C.
No, it is not deductible. It is a personal expense.

Missy, don't give people bad advice.

It doesn't depend on the accountant whether it is deductible or not. Just because some tax people will take the deduction doesn't make it legal.
 
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