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Allowability of Lunches

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Inquiry: We were wondering if the following were allowable: 1. Taking an established client to lunch 2. Taking a potential client to lunch 3. Lunches bought during training away from the office Response: It Depends! There are several cost principles you must look at to determine if the specific type of expense is allowable or not. 5 key cost principles to review are, 1. 31.205-1 (Public relations and advertising costs; 2. 31.205-12 (Economic planning costs); 3. 31.205-18 (Bid and Proposal costs) and 4. 31.205-38 (Selling Costs). 5. 31.205-43 and also consider 31.205-43 As you can see it is not as Black and White as it first appears!

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