The associated test is met if: The meal or Telephone Number List entertainment is associated with the active conduct or your trade or business. The meal or entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. In general, you can deduct Telephone Number List only 50% of business related meal and entertainment expenses.
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