Ask An Accountant-Claiming Home Office Space

Today’s question has got to be in the top 5 most asked questions my blogging friends have me ask my husband!

It’s that time of the year to get your year end tax information organized. My “Ask An Accountant” series should help with many questions that may arise. Remember, if you have a tax question, email my husband who is an experienced accountant at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com

Question:

I work at home.  Can I claim home office as a business expense?

Answer:

 

To take a business deduction a tax payer must use part of his/her home under one of the following situations:

  • The area of the home must be used exclusively and regularly as the principle place of business.
  • The area of the home must be used exclusively and regularly as the place to meet clients/customers.
  • The area of the home must be used exclusively and regularly as storage for inventory or product samples.
  • There can be a separate structure such as a shed or detached garage that can be used as an office.
  • The home is used for a rental activity.
  • The home is used for daycare.

 

Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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IRS Circular 230 Notice: Any U.S. tax advice in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions

IRS Circular 230 Notice: Any U.S. tax advice in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions

 

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