Why you can’t write off taking clients to the golf club

Don’t be surprised! This rule has been in place since 1971

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From the April 2016 issue of the magazine.

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Once it gets warm enough, many Canadian entrepreneurs start hitting the links with clients and staffers to talk shop and hone their games. Just don’t expect to write it off as an entertainment expense. Why? Club membership costs and green fees aren’t deductible. This rule has been in place since 1971, yet it still surprises people, says Keating. (Here’s a minor consolation, though: Food and beverage costs in the clubhouse are tax-deductible.)

The bottom line: Perfect your putting outside of work and find other ways to entertain clients. You could attend a hockey game and claim 50% of the ticket costs.

More tax tips here.

2 comments on “Why you can’t write off taking clients to the golf club

  1. Rather than suggesting people go to a hockey game or find some other form of entertainment why not suggest they contact their MP and demand tax fairness for the golf industry?

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  2. So if I don’t have a hockey team in my city I should take a client to the nearest city and entertain them at a hockey game? A years golf membership would cost less than one event. Apparently you don’t have to be a critical thinker to get an accounting degree.

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