Tax Tip 2019-104: Business owners may be able to benefit from the home office deduction

Taxpayers who qualify may choose one of two methods to calculate their home office expense deduction:

  • The simplified option has a rate of $5 a square foot for business use of the home. The maximum size for this option is 300 square feet. The maximum deduction under this method is $1,500.
  • When using the regular method, deductions for a home office are based on the percentage of the home devoted to business use. Taxpayers who use a whole room or part of a room for conducting their business need to figure out the percentage of the home used for business activities to deduct indirect expenses.  Direct expenses are deducted in full.
Westbrook CPA