Reimbursing meals under TCJA

by Irma
(Nashville, NC)

TCJA says that meals are only 50% deductible.

Can I still reimburse my pastor under an accountable reimbursement plan for 100% of his meal expense or is 50% deductible and 50% to be reported as taxable income.

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Apr 08, 2018
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Meals Can be Reimbursed 100% if....
by: Vickey

Meals (including travel meals and entertainment) can be fully reimbursed or expensed if...

1. the church or organization has an accountable plan properly set up and maintained. (click the [Join in and ... Simply click here to return to AR Plan] link at the bottom of this page)

2. the meal was for "business/church" purposes!

For example, your Pastor meets the Director of a local nonprofit organization for a meal at a local restaurant to discuss how they can work together to help the community.

That meal can be charged to the church's credit card OR your Pastor can follow the written guidelines of your approved AR Plan and be fully reimbursed for the meal he paid for.

HOWEVER...the new tax laws in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will probably affect how or IF a minister can claim meals and other related business/church unreimbursed expenses on their personal tax return... SO it is now more important than ever to have an Accountable Plan/Policy properly set up and maintained!

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