If you use part of your home to conduct your trade or business, you might be able to deduct certain related expenses. To qualify for the home office deduction, you must pass certain tests.

You must use part of your home regularly and exclusively for your trade or business. Exclusive use means that this space is not used for any non business purpose, such as watching television, during the tax year of the deduction. If the space is used for business only sporadically or occasionally, you may not meet the regular use test.

Also, your home office must be used as either (1) your principal place of business or (2) a place where you meet customers, clients, or patients in the normal course of business. You may also be able to take a deduction if you use part of your home to perform administrative or management duties and you have no other location to do this work. If you are an employee and work from home, the business use of your home must be for the convenience of your employer in order to take the

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4 Responses to “Deducting Home Office Expenses”

  1. Trey Rhed says:

    I have an update on that. They’re trying to attach it to the continuing resolution.

  2. I live in Missouri and filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in March of 09 and discharged in July of 09. I owned a Bobcat (construction equipment) at the time I filed and did not re-affirm it. I intended to let it go back to the bank. Before the discharge I saw where the finance company filed for relief from the stay so they could repossess it. Before the discharge the court granted the finance company permission to reposes it. So a month goes by after the discharge and the bobcat is still sitting on my property. I called the finance company and was given a phone number for the person who handles bankruptcy and repossession.

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