Starting 2013 Claiming a Home Office on Your Taxes Will Get Easier
If you claim your home office as a tax deduction, the IRS has good news for you. Starting in 2013, taxpayers who work primarily from home will have the option to use a simplified form based on their office's square footage.
The new option provides eligible taxpayers an easier path (but not necessarily the most Tax benefit method) to claiming the home office deduction. Currently, they are generally required to fill out a 43-line form (Form 88299) often with complex calculations of allocated expenses, depreciation and carryovers of unused deductions. Taxpayers claiming the optional deduction will complete a significantly simplified form.
Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies and wages paid to employees are still fully deductible. Current restrictions on the home office deduction, such as the requirement that a home office must be used regularly and exclusively for business and the limit tied to the income derived from the particular business, still apply under the new option. The new simplified option is available starting with the 2013 Tax return which most taxpayers file early in 2014. Check with your tax professional to determine which option, the new simplified form or the regular method, is right for you.
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