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Surgent’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainment Expensing (SSTX736/24)

Event Description

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement, or recreation and also limited the deduction for expenses related to food and beverages provided by employers to their employees. The IRS has recently issued final regulations on the business expense deductions for meals and entertainment following changes made to the TCJA. These regulations address the elimination of the deduction for expenditures related to entertainment, amusement, or recreational activities and provide guidance to determine whether an activity is considered to be entertainment. The final regulations also address the 50% limitation on the deduction of food and beverage expenses and when the 50% limitation does not apply.

Designed For

Tax practitioners who anticipate advising clients with respect to employer meals and entertainment expenditures


Understand the new rules relating to the deductibility of expenses associated with meals, entertainment, and food and beverages that employers provide to employees

Major Subjects

IRS rules relating to the nondeductibility of activities considered entertainment or amusement What constitutes entertainment for tax purposes? When are meals deductibl; 50% and 100%? When employers may deduct food and beverages provided to employees


A basic understanding of the tax rules relating to individual income tax