Here we dive into essential insights related to travel, entertainment, and staff amenities that may impact your tax deductions. Let’s explore how these elements intersect with business expenses and financial considerations.
Entertainment Expenses: Entertainment, whether through food, drink, or recreation, can play a vital role in fostering connections with clients, customers, and employees. Deducting ordinary and necessary expenses related to entertaining is possible, but it’s crucial to understand the guidelines. Business discussions during social gatherings can be directly related if they occur in a clear business setting, such as a local restaurant meeting with a supplier or entertainment at a convention showcasing business products. However, expenses are generally not considered directly related when entertainment occurs in places like cocktail lounges, country clubs, or vacation resorts.


Travel Deductions: Claiming deductions for travel expenses is a common practice for individuals who stay away from home overnight for work. Expenses such as accommodation, meals, and incidental costs are eligible for deduction when meeting specific criteria. It’s important to note that travel allowances from employers should align with reasonable amounts, and keeping detailed supporting documentation, including receipts and mileage logs, is crucial.


Staff Amenities and FBT: Staff amenities, like tea, coffee, and biscuits in staff tea rooms, fall under a specific category of expenses. While light meals and refreshments at business premises during meetings or training usually don’t attract Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT), it’s essential to differentiate when more elaborate meals may cross into the realm of entertainment. For instance, employee amenities at business premises and basic meals during overnight business travels generally do not incur FBT, while business meals at restaurants outside business premises provided to employees might have FBT implications.


Understanding these classifications helps navigate the complexities of FBT and ensures compliance with tax regulations.


Remember, documentation is key when it comes to claiming deductions, so stay organized and informed. If you want to get a clearer view of what you can & can not claim, remember that KBAS Bookkeeping is here to support your journey. To learn more about our services, reach out to us at or phone: 07 5408 7400.

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