NRA applauds effort to restore meal tax deduction

WASHINGTON The National Restaurant Association praised legislation introduced Friday that would increase the federal tax deduction for business meals from 50 percent to 80 percent — a change businesses have pursued unsuccessfully for 16 years.

The measure, H.R. 3333, was introduced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, who had previously championed business meal tax legislation in 2005 and 2007.

While opponents of similar measures have argued that Wash

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