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Business Travel and Entertainment - Tax Mini Course (Course Id 128)

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Author : Danny C Santucci, JD
Status : Production
CPE Credits : 2.0
IRS Credits : 2
Price : $17.95
Passing Score : 70%
NASBA Technical: Yes
Primary Subject-Field Of Study:

Taxes - Taxes for Course Id 128

Description :

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.

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Release : 2017
Version : 1.0
Prerequisites : General understanding of federal income taxation.
Experience Level : Overview
Additional Contents : Complete, no additional material needed.
Additional Links :
Advance Preparation : None.
Delivery Method : Self-Study
Intended Participants : Anyone needing Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
Revision Date : 14-Aug-2017
NASBA Course Declaration : Participants must complete the final examination within one year of purchase and with a minimum passing grade of 70% or better to receive CPE credit unless otherwise noted on the Course History page (i.e. California Ethics must score 90% or better). After logging in click on the Course History links on your My Courses page for the Begin date and Expire date for the Final Exam.
Approved Audience :

NASBA QAS - NASBA Registry - IRS Enrolled Agents - 128

Keywords : Taxes, Business, Travel, Entertainment, Tax, Mini, Course, cpe, cpa, online course
Learning 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
      * Employers
Learning Objectives:
    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.
Course Contents :

Chapter - Business Travel and Entertainment


Business Travel

Transportation & Travel Distinguished

Travel Expenses

Transportation Expenses

Definition of Tax Home

Circuit Court Test

IRS Test

Employment Area

No Tax Home

Itinerant Worker

Two Work Locations

Temporary & Indefinite Assignments

Temporary Assignment

Indefinite Assignment


Prior Law Presumptions

One-Year IRS Presumption

Less than Two-Year Exception

Regular Home

Temporary Job That Became Permanent

Current Law - One-Year Rigid Time Rule

Away From Home Requirement

Sleep & Rest Rule

Correll Case

Business Purpose Requirement

All or Nothing

Primarily for Business Test


Other Factors

Existing Trade or Business

51/49 Percent Test

Domestic Business Travel

Foreign Business Travel

Personal Pleasure

Primarily Business

Full Deduction

Definition of Business Day

Meals & Lodging

50% Deduction Limitation

Conventions & Meetings

Agenda Test

Foreign Conventions


North American Area

Allowable Expenses


Deduction Limitation

Reporting Statements

Luxury Water Travel


Family Member Travel Expenses

Business Entertainment


Lavish or Extravagant Restriction

Ordinary & Necessary Requirement

Directly Related Test

Clear Business Setting Presumption

Associated Test

Substantial Business Discussion



Statutory Exceptions

Food and Beverages for Employees

Expenses Treated as Compensation

Reimbursed Expenses

Recreational Expenses for Employees

Employee, Stockholder and Business Meetings

Trade Association Meetings

Items Available to Public

Entertainment Sold to Customers

Expenses Includible in Income of Non-employees

Quiet Business Meals & Drinks

Taxpayer's (or Employee) Presence

Section 212 Meals Not Deductible

Home Entertainment

Ticket Purchases

Exception for Charitable Sports Events

Special Limitation for Skyboxes

Percentage Reduction for Meals & Entertainment

Related Expenses

Application of Reduction Rule


2% Floor on Employee Business Expenses

Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions

Entertainment Facilities


Covered Expenses

Club Dues

OBRA '93

Sales Incentive Awards

Substantiation & Record Keeping


Contemporaneous Records

Payback Agreements

Employee Expense Reimbursement & Reporting

Family Support Act of 1988

Remaining Above-The-Line Deductions

Accountable Plans

Reasonable Period of Time

Fixed Date Safe Harbor

Period Statement Safe Harbor

Adequate Accounting

Per Diem Allowance Arrangements

Reporting Per Diem Allowances

Reimbursement Not More Than Federal Rate

Reimbursement More Than Federal Rate

Nonaccountable Plans

Non-Reimbursed Employee Expenses

When an Employee Needs to File Form 2106

Self-Employed Persons

Expenses Related to Taxpayer's Business

Expenses Incurred on Behalf of a Client & Reimbursed

Meal & Entertainment Expenses

With Adequate Accounting

Without Adequate Accounting

Non-Entertainment Expense Deduction


When Can an Expense Be Deducted?

Economic Performance Rule


Nondeductible Meals

Employer Provided Auto



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