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Do you know if tickets to sporting events can be deducted by

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Do you know if tickets to sporting events can be deducted by a self employed person that does not attend the events/games?

Would PSL's be eligible for Section 179 write off?

Robin D. :

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you today. I am a tax adviser with over 15 years of experience.

Robin D. :

If you give a customer tickets to a theater performance or sporting event and you do not go with the customer to the performance or event, you have a choice. You can treat the cost of the tickets as either a gift expense or an entertainment expense, whichever is to your advantage.

Robin D. :

You can change your treatment of the tickets at a later date by filing an amended return. Generally, an amended return must be filed within 3 years from the date the original return was filed or within 2 years from the time the tax was paid, whichever is later.


If you go with the customer to the event, you must treat the cost of the tickets as an entertainment expense. You cannot choose, in this case, to treat the cost of the tickets as a gift expense.

Robin D. :

A personal seat license, or PSL, is a paid license that entitles the holder to the right to buy season tickets for a certain seat in a stadium.

To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements.

  • It must be eligible property.

  • It must be acquired for business use.

  • It must have been acquired by purchase.

Robin D. :

The PSL would not be tangible personal property.

Robin D. :

If you were using the "PSL" to refer to anything other than Personal Seat Lic ( I was thinking still about the porting tickets when I answered) then please let me know before you rate.

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Robin D. :

Do not call the expense anything other then the entertainment or gift as any audit would disallow under those terms. It really does matter.

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