Understanding when you can claim a meal as a deductible expense is vital for businesses, particularly when entertaining clients, traveling, or conducting business meetings. In general, meals that are directly related to your business, have a clear business purpose, and are not considered lavish or extravagant can be claimed as a deduction. These may include meals with clients, travel meals, and meals during conferences or meetings. However, the IRS places limitations on the percentage of the meal cost that can be deducted. Keeping accurate records and receipts is essential to substantiate your meal expenses. A CPA can guide you on how to claim these deductions correctly, ensuring compliance with tax regulations while minimizing your tax liability.
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