Submitted By: someone
Answered: July 22, 2019 3:11 am

I’m self-employed and use the M&IE standard federal per diem rates for meal costs while away from home. If I take a customer to lunch, can I base my deduction on the actual cost of that meal?

The M&IE is broken down to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus incidental costs. The IRS hasn’t said whether you can use the M&IE rates for some meals and actual costs for others on the same day.

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Amount recognized

The amount of gain reportable and subject to tax. On certain tax-free exchanges of property, gain is not recognized in the year it is realized.

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