Tax Fact: Working From Home or Home Office?
One deduction that is frequently audited and frequently incorrect is the home office deduction. The biggest requirement to take this deduction that people are unaware of is that the office must be EXCLUSIVELY for business. Therefore, if you have a fold away bed that guests sleep on, store clothes or Christmas decorations in the closet, or even if your kids use the computer in the office to check facebook – you cannot deduct any of the home office expense. This is not a deduction that is done on a percentage usage basis, it is either an exclusive home office or does not qualify for any of the deduction. In the end, this is a very high standard and merely working from home is not going to meet the requirements.
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