If You Split a Bill for a Business Meal, Is it Considered Expenses? Knowledge of Taxes in Japan.

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This blog may help if you are unclear about the split bill for a business meal in Japan.





Last evening, I went to a Chinese restaurant in Kyoto with a client and we split the bill. Is this considered an expense?



The Conclusion

It is considered an expense if related to business, such as when dining with a client. The method of payment does not matter.


The Image of Participating in the Party

For instance, it’s easier to understand if you imagine attending a business party hosted by your client and paying a uniform admission fee.


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