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Meals with Husband for Vendor Shows

My husband volunteers to help me set up/tear down, take credit cards & generally assist me at my vendor shows. This is our first show traveling so far away that we needed a hotel. As for meals (during the show from local food vendors, dinner or fast food on our way home from the show) during this whole trip, I know I can write mine off. Since he isn’t my “employee” but just a volunteer, am I able to write off the entire bill or do I have to split mine off personally to use as a write off? I wasn’t sure since I am the business owner & he technically isn’t my employee but will be with me, helping in all aspects of the trip.

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Best answer 10-03-2019

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Re: Meals with Husband for Vendor Shows

Thanks for sharing the complete details of your concern, Emily127.

 

Since your husband volunteers to help with the vendor show, his meals are part of your expenses.

 

However, when it comes to recording the meals in QuickBooks Self-Employed, I suggest consulting with an accountant or visiting the TurboTax AnswerXchange site, so you'll be guided when it comes to tax-related questions. 

 

Here are references that can help you categorize expenses for business meals:

Once you're ready to record the meals, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Transactions menu on the left pane.
  2. Click the Add transaction button found at the top-right corner.
  3. For the Type, pick either Business or Personal. On the Category field, choose between Meals or Meals with clients.
  4. Hit Save.

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If you have follow-up questions about QuickBooks, please let me know. I'll be here and ready to help anytime. Wishing you the best.

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Re: Meals with Husband for Vendor Shows

Thanks for sharing the complete details of your concern, Emily127.

 

Since your husband volunteers to help with the vendor show, his meals are part of your expenses.

 

However, when it comes to recording the meals in QuickBooks Self-Employed, I suggest consulting with an accountant or visiting the TurboTax AnswerXchange site, so you'll be guided when it comes to tax-related questions. 

 

Here are references that can help you categorize expenses for business meals:

Once you're ready to record the meals, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Transactions menu on the left pane.
  2. Click the Add transaction button found at the top-right corner.
  3. For the Type, pick either Business or Personal. On the Category field, choose between Meals or Meals with clients.
  4. Hit Save.

image.png

 

If you have follow-up questions about QuickBooks, please let me know. I'll be here and ready to help anytime. Wishing you the best.

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