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Ask A CPA - Fringe Benefits


The value of employer provided meals is not taxable if furnished on your employer's business premises for the employer's convenience. The employer can exclude any occasional meal or meal money he or she provides to an employee if it has so little value (taking into account how frequently you provide meals to your employees) that accounting for it would be unreasonable or administratively impracticable. The exclusion applies, for Coffee, doughnuts, or soft drinks, occasional meals or meal money provided to enable an employee to work overtime, occasional parties or picnics for employees and their guests. Food or beverages the employer furnishes to employees qualify as a de minimis benefit, and can be deducted at their full cost. The 50% limit on deductions for the cost of meals does not apply.

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