MERP Plans are commonly utilized with higher deductible plan designs, giving the employer the flexibility to create any plan design they would like. By purchasing a higher deductible health plan, an employer and their employees can benefit from the premium savings, but utilizing the MERP allows the employer to continue offering a quality benefit package to employees.
For example, if you go out to lunch yourself during the course of your work day or with a business associate, and there is no business purpose other than to simply get a bite to eat, the cost of your lunch is a personal expense and is not deductible.
When Meal Costs are Deductible You can deduct meal and entertainment expenses only if they are both ordinary and necessary not lavish or extravagant and meet either one of the following two tests discussed below. Directly-Related test Associated test Ordinary and Necessary: An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business.
A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. The cost of a meal should be reasonable for the circumstances. For instance, if you wine and dine a prospective client at the Waldorf Astoria instead of Bob's Hamburger Heaven because your client is staying at the Waldorf, a higher meal cost would be reasonable.
Whether the cost of a meal is lavish and extravagant is really a judgment call because there is no dollar limit on what constitutes lavish or extravagant. Use your common sense and be sure to document your costs.
Directly-Related Test To meet the directly-related test for entertainment expenses including entertainment-related mealsyou must show that: The main purpose of the combined business and entertainment was the active conduct of business, You did engage in business with the person during the entertainment period, and You had more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit at some future time.
It is not necessary to devote more time to business than to entertainment. However, if the business discussion is only incidental to the entertainment, the entertainment expenses do not meet the directly-related test. Associated Test Even if your expenses do not meet the directly-related test, they may meet the associated test.
To meet the associated test for entertainment expenses including entertainment-related mealsyou must show that the entertainment was: Associated with the active conduct of your trade or business, and Occurred directly before or after a substantial business discussion Directly Before or After a Business Discussion: If the entertainment is held on the same day as the business discussion, it is considered to be held directly before or after the business discussion.
However, if the entertainment and the business discussion are not held on the same day, the associated test may still be met, depending on the facts of the situation.
Among the facts to consider are the place, date, and duration of the business discussion.
If you or your business associates are from out of town, you must also consider the dates of arrival and departure, and the reasons the entertainment and the discussion did not take place on the same day. For example, if a group of business associates come from out of town to your place of business to hold a substantial business discussion and you entertain them on the evening before the business discussion, or on the evening of the day following the business discussion, the entertainment generally is considered to be held directly before or after the discussion and the expense meets the associated test.
Expenses Associated with Your Trade or Business: Generally, an expense is associated with the active conduct of your trade or business if you can show that you had a clear business purpose for incurring the expense.Hudson Design Build Group is a team of design and construction professionals dedicated to providing quality service on a project-by-project basis.
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