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Is Lunch a Business Expense?

Claiming lunch as a business expense is one of those areas that many are unsure about

Here at MEO, we want to help clear the misunderstanding and provide clear direction to what’s allowed and what’s not! So, what are the rules on lunch?

The basic rule which HMRC follow is “eat to live”. In other words, meals aren’t claimable, as you would need food & drink to survive anyway.

However, employees and directors can claim for subsistence if it is necessary travelling, in the course of the job, and not commuting to a regular place of work.

If meals are claimed regularly in the same place, and a pattern starts to emerge, it could be argued that this is part of the normal working day, and penalties can be incurred.

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