Business Travel and Entertainment 2017 - 2 CPE
Taxpayers are once again looking to CPAs for guidance and planning related to travel and entertainment expenses. This comprehensive mini-course examines and explains the practical aspects of business travel and entertainment deductions. To determine the expenses that taxpayers are able to deduct, fundamentals are reviewed and planning opportunities are identified. Practitioners will learn to master the proper administration of these complex and often cumbersome provisions.
Learning Assignment & Objectives
As a result of studying the assigned materials, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below.
At the start of the materials, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Transportation & travel distinguished
* Definition of “tax home”
* Temporary & indefinite assignments
* Business purpose requirement for business travel
* Convention & meetings
* Statutory exceptions of ordinary & necessary requirement
* Entertainment facilities
* Employee expense reimbursement & reporting
* Self-employed persons
After reading the materials, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the “away from home” requirement and related deductions, determine what constitutes transportation and travel expenses noting the tests for tax home and recognize the differences between temporary and indefinite work assignments including their affect on a tax home.
2. Identify the business purpose requirement using the 51/49 percent test, determine deductible conventions and meetings, and specify the limitations applied to meals and lodging when traveling.
3. Determine what constitutes business entertainment noting the deductibility tests of §162 and identify business entertainment activity deduction restrictions.
4. Identify deduction limitations including the percentage reduction for meals and entertainment expenses, specify miscellaneous itemized business deductions and expenses associated with an entertainment facility, and recognize employee expense reimbursement and reporting options including available federal per diem rates and special treatment for the self-employed.