Using Meal Entertainment during COVID-19
For many of us there have not been many opportunities to head out to our favourite restaurants and cafes this year while we have been socially isolating. The ATO have advised that under the current restrictions they are comfortable with people ordering take away from the same restaurants and cafes they would normally have dined out at for the current FBT year (1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021) and claiming these expenses as meal entertainment. 

This is great news for both us and the local businesses we love to support. So, whether using your meal entertainment card or paying by cash, ordering a meal in is eligible as meal entertainment for the current FBT year, so you can dine safely at home while still getting the great tax savings from meal entertainment.

Important: For your purchase of home delivery or takeaway to count as meal entertainment, the restaurant you order from must have previously offered dine-in services. 

Orders through companies such as Uber Eats, Menulog and Deliveroo are included, provided the restaurant previously offered dine-in service.

If you require more information on this, please contact our Salary Packaging team at 1300 761 388.