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Meals & Entertainment – What is Deductible and What is Not?

Mark Harris



Probably the most common business discounts are meals and entertainment. However, people are often confused about whether the expenses are fully deductible, partly deductible or not deductible at all.

50% Deductible

The general rule for deducting meals and entertainment expense is that 50% of the cost is deductible provided the following requirements are met.

Requirement # 1

The expense has to be ordinary and necessary in the trade, business, or profession. In other words, it must be commonly accepted to have this expense and it must be appropriate in the trade or business. For example, business owners routinely have lunch with prospective clients to discuss business with the goal of attracting additional business. This is a common and necessary business expense.

Requirement # 2

The expense must be directly related or associated to the active conduct of your business. To meet this requirement, you must engage in a business conversation during, before, or after the entertainment. If the business discussion is only incidental to the entertainment, the entertainment expenses do not qualify.

The 50% limit applications to business meals or entertainment expenses you have while traveling away from home on business, entertaining customers at your place of business, a restaurant, or other location, or attending a business convention or reception, business meeting, or business luncheon at a club.

100% Deductible

As with every general rule, there are exceptions. The following exceptions result in the meal or entertainment expense being fully deductible.

Exception # 1

The expense is fully deductible when providing meals, entertainment, or recreational facilities to the general public as a means of advertising or promoting goodwill in the community.

Exception # 2

If the meal is provided to employees as a convenience to the employer on the business plans and is furnished to more than half of the employees, then the expense is fully deductible.

Exception # 3

A company holiday party expense is an exception to the general rule and is fully deductible.

Non-Deductible Expenses

Items that are not deductible include membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purposes. The purposes and activities of a club, not its name, will determine whether or not you can deduct the dues. You can not deduct dues paid to country clubs, golf clubs, airline clubs, hotel clubs, or clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances that may otherwise be considered to be conducive to business discussions.

To ensure that your qualified meal and entertainment expenses are deductible, you will need to have excellent documentation. Please contact your Tax Coach for more specifics about which documentation is required for meals and entertainment.

Source by Thomas Wheelwright



Fake black Instagram model is causing controversy





It was only recently that Cameron James Wilson revealed that Shudu was entirely computer-generated, with her followers previously under the impression that she was a real person.

Shudu Gram, is the world’s first ever digital supermodel! She has attracted tens of thousands of eyes for being the unique concept and there are positives but there is also criticism ranging as to a white man focused on a racist concept.

With a blink of an eye, a new trend has come up.

Nevertheless, the concept definitely deserves enlightenment.

Cameron James Wilson is a 28-year old white British photographer based in London. He’s spent the last years working within the fashion sector and has made a name for himself as a beauty, fashion and celebrity photographer.

The successful photographer taught himself how to create three-dimensional art online, which is how Shudu Gram was conceived.

Wilson told Refinery 29

“Basically Shudu is my creation, she’s my art piece…” He also went on to say

“She is not a real model, unfortunately, but she represents a lot of the real models of today. There’s a big kind of movement with dark skin models, so she represents them and is inspired by them.”

Although a cool concept some worry that Wilson’s monetization of the new “Dark Skin fetish” seen in media is one that stems in a deep history of social injustice.

Rihanna’s cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, even shared a photo of Shudu on their Instagram account that shows her wearing a shade of the makeup line’s lipstick.

People also took to twitter to voice their opinions some saying.

Author at Africa Classifieds

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DVD Entertainment – An Alternative to Television Programming

Mark Harris



DVD entertainment used to be the once a week family ritual Sunday night after dinner when the kids were young. We would clear the table, do the dishes, get everyone comfy on the sofa and watch one or two DVD movies the whole family could enjoy … which usually were Disney movies the kids wanted to see. Or see again. There is an unwritten rule that, as a parent, you gotta love Walt Disney.

Now the kids are grown and (mostly) gone and I am too busy Most of the time to sit in front of the television waiting for something interesting to come on. As my time has become more precious to me, television commercials have become an unacceptable annoyance in what should be an absolutely enjoyable time for me to see what I choose to watch without constant program interruptions.

What used to be an infrequent use of DVD entertainment has just become about a mainstay as far as what I watch on television. Although there are a few programs on local network broadcasting I will watch with my husband once in awhile, it is only to spend companionable time with him. The television is rarely turned on when he is away.

While never a fan of commercial television, living in the north woods of Wisconsin when there were only three local channels we could get with extra aluminum foil on the rabbit ears made it easy to ignore the bad in order to have some connection with the outside world . My tolerance for all things annoying was much higher back then as well but there was no way to justify paying for cable television.

When we moved to the Milwaukee area in 1988 we suddenly had a dozen network channels at our disposal without subscribing to cable. And we had two PBS stations to work with. It was a change in lifestyle. PBS offered absolutely great programming for the kids and became much more of a staple for family entertainment than the hideously commercial infested programs on network television. The children were responding to marketing directed toward them and that was both disturbing and difficult to counteract. Once they started school it was impossible.

Early on, purchasing recorded programs on VHS tapes became a way to give the children what we felt was good entertainment without causing too many problems most of the time. There were a few super heroes that managed a try to live vicariously through our son or twice but no serious harm was done. We were all very grateful for that.

It can be hard to tell what devices or triggers are embedded in programs or movies we watch online or on television today. Marketing used to be so much more obvious and straightforward; here is our product, this is what it does, this is how you benefit, now buy it. Today big dollar marketing is based on brain wave patterns, and psychological triggers that are intended to give us a sense of urgency and desire; here is our product which is a very limited edition and only a tiny few are available right now, it will do whatever you must buy it now, you must buy it now buy it now.

Very gradually the children began to see marketing for what it was but they still wanted the products that were marketed to them. This was right at the same time that DVD entertainment became available and we immediately began to convert from VHS to DVD whenever we had the purchasing choice. Local and online DVD rental became a much more frequent and encouraged thing in our house from that point forward if there was nothing interesting to watch on PBS.

When PBS was forced to plead for money on a regular basis instead of showing commercials to pay for their programming, at first I contributed. When the pleading began to happen every few weeks and last for a couple of weeks at a time so messing up any previous viewing schedule I had enjoyed, I stopped watching PBS on a regular basis. I gave up on TV just about completely but I missed my shows. I bought the television shows I wanted to see on DVD! Problem solved.

Today I prefer to watch DVD movies or television shows on DVD so that I can control the marketing instead of having it control my time. More and more DVDs are front loaded with unavoidable interruptions mostly in the form of trailers for other DVDs. It is easy and fun to fast forward through these to get the main menu as quickly as possible. It might even be fun to watch them once, but again I dislike the lack of choice in watching what I want to watch and nothing more.

So even while DVD entertainment is not perfect, it offers one choice of freedom from being forced to end the work of marketing geniuses who target viewers in every program on television. It is also looking more affordable with the next generation of media storage called Blu-ray entering the market as a step up. Eventually Blu-ray will rule the world and DVD entertainment will be a blur in the history books. Progress is good!

Source by Pauline Trabert

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The Problem With Entertainment News Today

Mark Harris



Have you noticed the most recent news today? Have you noticed how much of the important news and issues facing society today are pushed more and more onto the "back burner?" This is because more and more the media is focused on the entertainment industries, rather than "real news." That's both the blessing and the curse for entertainment news today, it becomes good for the entertainment industry and bad for the REAL news industry.

What the major problem with focusing on nothing but entertainment-related "news" is, is the fact that our society is not keeping itself informed about the major issues and current events in our society when they are constantly bombarded with nothing but entertainment industry "news . " The complacency with which most have ALLOWED this to occur is the saddest part of this, because the average person no longer cares about major issues or world events.

And what's even worse is that what television, magazines and internet sources are calling entertainment news today is no longer even "real" news, but merely like a constantly running gossip column. When the highlight of a news piece is what someone bought at a convenience store, what color their hair is today, or whether or not they and their significant other is having problems- that's not news, it's merely gossip.

Not to mention, whenever celebrities are constantly followed around by money-hungry gossip magazine photographers or constantly speculated upon by numerous different persons in the media, their privacy and basic human rights are trampled on. All for the sake of so-called "news."

The average person does not get their face splashed all over the media anytime they buy a gallon of milk, a box of condoms or get a speeding ticket- is it right to force that up celebrities just because they're famous and call it " news? " That is the biggest part of the problem with entertainment news today, things that are not really newsworthy are being reported and discussed as if they were.

What one needs to do, if they're fed up with the lack of newsworthy reporting in the media is to complain to the media companies, newspapers and magazines about the lack of quality news that is being put out by the media companies. If enough people take the initiative and make a stand and demand better news and reporting, then the media will change to give people what they want.

If people do not demand change, and stay complacent about the condition of the news and reporting processes, then entertainment news today will stay as it is, and the media will continue to report on non-newsworthy items such as who ate what for breakfast, how much someone's ridiculously large diamond ring cost, and who got a speeding ticket the night before.

Source by Wendy Pan

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