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How to deduct your restaurant expenses by Blendy digital accountant

Sorting out the truth from the falsehood on the deduction of restaurant expenses!

August 5, 2021

Whether it is during a trip or during a meeting within the framework of the company's activity, managers are often required to incur restaurant expenses. Here is a reminder of the deduction of these expenses from the result, as well as the VAT.

The pattern

First of all (and obviously), these expenses must relate to the company's activity: prospecting, lunch with partners, business trips, etc.

For business lunches, restaurant expenses are always deductible from the result. All you have to do is fill in :

  • Names of invited guests
  • The names of the companies or organisations they represent
  • The reason for the appointment  

However, for personal meals, the deduction is only possible if they are justified by a too long distance from the manager's home or if they are made during an assignment.

In practice, only the fraction of the price between €4.70 and €18.30 (i.e. €13.60) is deductible. These amounts are revalued by a few cents each year.


As regards VAT, there is a tolerance on the formalism of restaurant bills.

Indeed, VAT is deductible on these notes as soon as :

  • They are less than €150
  • The name, address and SIRET of the restaurant are filled in
  • The name and address of the manager 's company as well as the names of invited guests (clients, etc.) are specified

Above €150, the restaurant owner will have to provide an invoice that complies with the obligatory invoice formalism in order to be able to deduct the VAT. The manager will still have to provide the names of customers, employees or other guests.

Expense report management

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