Is the Cost of Lunch at Hotel to Discuss Business Plan be Tax Deductible?

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    If I and my business partners meet at a local hotel to discuss future business plans, having a meal whilst there, will the cost of this be tax deductible?

    Providing you definitely hold a meeting and could produce minutes to prove this, it is not for HMRC to challenge the scale of your “meetings” budget. For the avoidance of doubt add to those minutes that you have chosen to eat in the restaurant to avoid the cost of hiring a room or to enable you to meet in the evening and so not waste the working day. Of course if you meet in a hotel and refreshments are part of the package involving room hire, then the total cost plus travel costs would be allowable.

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