2018 Meals and Entertainment Expenses

2018 Meals and Entertainment Expenses

Changes Under the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Beginning in 2018, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made stricter limitations on the deductibility of meals and entertainment expenses. Specifically:

  • Entertainment expenses are no longer deductible
  • Deminimis Fringe Benefit expenses will now be limited to 50% deductibility

With the elimination of deducting entertainment expenses, businesses that do a lot of entertaining may want to start rethinking those season ticket purchases for sporting events or golf club memberships. Along those lines, changes will also need to be made in their general ledger and accounting software programs to break out these expenses for tax purposes.

The Act makes numerous changes to the way businesses and individuals are taxed. Don’t wait until the end of the year to do tax planning. By then, it may be too late to fully implement meaningful changes. Talk to one of our professionals now and have a game plan for 2018 and beyond.

For more details, see Rudler PSC e-Tip 2018 Meals and Entertainment Expenses Changes Under the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.