meals and incidental expenses


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meals and incidental expenses

An “expenses rate” determined by the location of a traveller's temporary duty (TDY) assignment (the location/destination where the traveller actually performs TDY travel).

The meals portion covers expenses for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Incidental expenses include fees and tips to hotel staff, laundry, dry-cleaning or pressing of clothing, transportation between places of lodging/business and places where meals are taken, and telephone calls necessary to reserve lodging accommodations. Specifically excluded are alcoholic beverages and entertainment expenses, and any expenses incurred for other persons.
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MEALS AND INCIDENTAL expenses while away from home on business, especially those related to attending a trade show or convention are legitimate tax deductions - either the actual amounts spent or the standard meal and incidentals expense rate provided by the government.
The average amount the company paid to the drivers under the per diem plan for the years in question was less than the federal meals and incidental expense (M&IE) rate.
The Tax Court rejected this argument and said the revenue procedure may apply to three distinct situations: when a traveling employee pays (1) only for meals, (2) for both meals and incidental expenses and (3) only for incidental expenses.
For reimbursement of their lodging, meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) at the site ("travel expenses"), W paid an hourly amount to those employees who lived more than 100 miles away from the site, in addition to their hourly wage.