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  • Writer's pictureJesse Gessel

Meals Update 2021 & 2022

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

In January 2021, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, which provided impactful relief for the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This law, among several other initiatives, made a significant change to the way businesses can deduct business-related meal expenses.

Before the CAA was passed into law, the established rule for business-related meal expenses was that 50% of most meal costs from restaurants were deductible. With the new law set in place specifically for 2021 and 2022, businesses can deduct 100% of most meal costs at restaurants for this limited time. Congress enacted this new standard to increase customer traffic in restaurants and create a tax incentive for businesses to spend more money in their local economy.


When utilizing this benefit, there are still a few factors involved in determining whether a meal purchase is 100% deductible or not. According to the preexisting IRS regulations, meals that are eligible:

1) must come from an establishment that provides meals available for immediate consumption,

2) must be attended by the business owner or employees, and

3) must be a reasonable expense in the ordinary course of business.

Meals that are purchased from an establishment selling primarily pre-packed foods, not requiring immediate consumption (i.e. grocery stores), are not included in the CAA and continue to not qualify for deductibility. Additionally, all other business-related expenses for meals, beverages, or entertainment that fall outside of the new requirements will still be eligible for only a 50% deduction.


Meals and entertainment expenses are one of the more confusing areas of business expense tax code and are given to change year over year. Pair up with a CPA firm who stays on top of tax legislation - like Sweeten CPA!  

From the desk of Jesse Gessel

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