The business deduction for meals & entertainment expenses has been changed. Congress has historically been skeptical that businesses claim expenses for activities that are unrelated to their essential functions. As a result, entertainment expenses are no longer deductible but meal expenses still should be.
Since the meals & entertainment deduction has been tightened, meal expenses incurred at entertainment events should be separately charged so that you may substantiate the 50% deductibility. It is recommended that you create new chart of accounts to separately track entertainment expenses (non-deductible) and meals that may qualify as (100% deductible or be limited to 50% deductible.
For more information on this topic, read “Determining deductibility of meals after the TCJA” by Mark G. Cook, CPA, CGMA. AICPA.org. The Tax Advisor.