If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, meals can only be deducted when they’re connected to a business purpose. If you take a potential client out for drinks, that’s deductible! If you have a meeting with a client, and then go get a burger with them, that’s deductible! If you go to happy hour with pals in the same profession and talk shop…that ain’t. There has to be a clear, financial goal related to the wining & dining, so write that down on the receipt.