Getting married soon? I bet you wish you could deduct your Wedding Expenses. Well, you kind of can, if you follow some important rules. But, as always, discuss it with your tax professional.
Let me give you the run down of how you may be able to deduct those wedding expenses. First, if you do not itemize on your tax return, then there’s no need to read any further. But, if you do then proceed.
2. THE VENUE. If you are having your reception or getting married at a historical garden, museum or homestead, or even a state or national park, the fee you pay may be deductible as a donation. Check with the venue for more details.If you’re having your wedding atA CHURCH and you are paying a ceremony fee, it may be tax deductible. If not, ask whether the church waives ceremony fees for members who donate at a certain level. It may be worth upping your donations for the year to get a triple benefit: a fee waiver, a tax write off, and a warm glow from donating to a good cause.
Again if you have any questions you can contact me or contact your tax professional for more information on deducting your wedding expenses.
OH NO! Are the HOLIDAY PARTIES still DEDUCTIBLE?In general, the new Tax Act provides for stricter limits on the deductibility of business meals and entertainment expenses. Under the Act entertainment expenses incurred or paid after December 31, 2017 are nondeductible unless they fall under the specific exceptions in Code Section 274(e). One of those exceptions is for “expenses for recreation, social, or similar activities primarily for the benefit of the taxpayer’s employees, other than highly compensated employees” (i.e. office holiday parties are still deductible).
Business meals provided for the convenience of the employer are now only 50% deductible whereas before the Act they were fully deductible. Barring further action by Congress those meals will be nondeductible after 2025.
Businesses should keep the new rules in mind as they plan their 2018 meals and entertainment budgets.
2018 Expenses – New Rules
Office Holiday Parties – 100% deductible
Entertaining Clients – Meals 50% deductible / No deduction for entertainment expenses
Employee Travel Meals – 50% deductible
Meals Provided for Convenience of Employer – 50% deductible (nondeductible after 2025)