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Income & Expenses

Question: For business travel, are there limits on the amounts deductible for meals?


  • Meal expenses are deductible only if your travel requires you to be away from home overnight or if the meal is business-related entertainment.
  • You can figure all your travel meal expenses using either of the following methods:
    1. Actual cost. If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost.
    2. The standard meal allowance, which is the federal M&IE rate. These rates are listed on the GSA website. 
  • The deduction for unreimbursed business meals is generally subject to a 50% limitation.

Additional Information:

Category: Small Business, Self-Employed, Other Business
Subcategory: Income & Expenses

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