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Is a country club membership tax deductible

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I have my own business which is largely based on referrals from other medical professionals who like to be wined and dined. It would be nice to have a membership at a country club or boat club to be able to invite business contacts to to discuss business.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Job
Expert:  Lev replied 10 years ago.

The IRS provides that generally, amounts paid or incurred for membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or any other social purpose are not deductible. Clubs organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purpose include, but are not limited to country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, hotel clubs, sporting clubs, airline clubs, and clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. - please see for reference IRS publication 535 page 42 -

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