“Home office” is a type of tax deduction that applies to the business use of a home; the space itself may not actually be an office. One of the following must apply to be able to deduct home office expenses. The home office:
- Must be the taxpayer’s main place of business. OR
- Must be a place of business where the taxpayer meets patients, clients or customers. The taxpayer must meet these people in the normal course of business. OR
- Must be in a separate structure that is not attached to the taxpayer’s home. The taxpayer must use this structure in connection with their business. OR
- Must be a place where the taxpayer stores inventory or samples. This place must be the sole, fixed location of their business. OR
- Under certain circumstances, must be where the taxpayer provides day-care services.
Generally, except when used to store inventory, an office area must be used on a regular and continuing basis and be exclusively restricted to the trade or business (i.e., no personal use).Continue reading →