expense account

an account of business expenditures, as travel, hotel room, meals, and entertainment connected with work, for which an employee will be reimbursed by an employer.


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expense account
1.  an arrangement by which expenses incurred in the course of a person's work are refunded by his employer or deducted from his income for tax purposes
2.  a record of such expenses
3.  informal (modifier) paid for by an employer or by money allowable against tax: an expense-account lunch

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expense account definition

An account or list of expenses incurred in doing business outside the office, part of which is a tax deduction. The term often applies to lunches or dinners at which business deals are made and clients entertained.

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Example sentences
Clarify and enforce policies regarding its purchasing cards, business expense
  account, and contracting.
Payments allowed under the provisions of the act will be made out of the
  agency's administrative expense account.
Method of allocation used where a salary or wage was allocated between more
  than one operating expense account.
To process prepayments, set up a default prepaid expense account and give users
  the authority to prepay vouchers.
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