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
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.
Accurate expense tracking can save time and money,
especially long term. Contact a member of our team to find out more!