The tax professionals at Engineered Tax Services (ETS) always consider the home office deduction when clients look to them for proactive tax plans. After all, if the IRS allows you to take a deduction for bills you already pay each month like utilities and a mortgage, why not claim the tax deduction and save some money? The home office deduction is not as huge of a deduction as cost segregation, conservation easement, energy credits, etc., but most business owners can arrange their operations to claim it.
HOME OFFICE DEDUCTION QUALIFIERS AND BENEFITS
Even the smallest of tax savings each year can really add up. Additionally, a few years ago, the IRS came up with a simplified method that eliminates most of the recordkeeping requirements and the depreciation recapture provision.
Who Can Claim a Home Office Deduction?
If your ur office space takes up 20 percent of your home, that means you can deduct 20 percent of bills for allowable business operations. Small business owners who report their income and expenses on Schedule C are the people who most often claim the home office deduction. Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, is filed in association with Schedule C. However, the home office deduction may also be claimed by farmers filing Schedule F. Partners receiving a Schedule K-1 (1065) can also claim it. Employees who are not provided a place to work by their employers can claim the home office deduction as well.
Home Office Deduction Qualifiers
- Utilities (electricity, water, sewer, natural gas, propane, heating oil, trash service, security system monitoring)
- Homeowners’ or renters’ insurance
- Repairs and maintenance qualify. This includes items such as repairs to the home or appliances, snow removal, tree removal, carpet cleaning, HVAC maintenance, etc. However, the IRS specifically excludes lawn care as pertaining to the “whole house”.
- Homeowners’ association dues and condo fees
- Mortgage interest qualifies.
- The amount you claim as a home office deduction applies to real estate taxes.
People who rent instead of owning a home can use rent as a qualifier. Instead of claiming mortgage interest and real estate taxes, they claim their rent.