Ask an Accountant: Deducting Meal Costs for a Cooking Blog

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As year end is quickly approaching, many people have tax questions and are looking for deductions to help with their taxes. Mr. MomonDealz is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to him at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com with the subject line “Ask An Accountant”. We are fortunate enough that the MomonDealz family is ready and willing to answer tax questions!! 

Question:
I own a cooking blog and blog about recipes and my family meals. Can I deduct the cost of the ingredients needed for the food shown on my site?
Answer:
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself. Your answers will determine deductions.
1. Is the blog a business (profit motive) or a hobby (not profit driven)?
2. Only 50% of meals & entertainment are deductible for business purposes, so I would not deduct any more than that. This also assumes the meal is consumed by the family after being posted on the website.
3. If a business, then I would deduct 50% of the cost of the meals used on the website in the month they were cooked & eaten. If a hobby, you can only deduct expenses equal to the hobby income, so the best case scenario you would report a net 0 profit (can’t have a hobby loss). In the hobby scenario, I would still only deduct 50% of the cost of the meals.
*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • I have no idea the answer to the question but I wanted to say that this series has been awesome. I have learned so much, thanks!

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  • JMHO, I wouldn’t think it qualifies as a deduction unless no one eats the meals, they’re thrown out, and a 100% loss. Sounds like double-dipping to me — having your cake and eating it too ヅ But hey, I do know that if you deduct losses then you also have to deduct profits — that would be every little penny earned from ads, etc.

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  • This has been a very informative series, although I am not personally a blogger I can relate to some of the circumstances that have been addressed.

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  • Thanks for this information! I was curious about it!

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