The COVID-19 pandemic kept countless people working from home in 2020 and into 2021. Many have been wondering whether they should consider claiming the home office deduction on taxes next year so we thought we’d pass along some information to help determine whether this may be an option for you.
According to the attached resource from the IRS, your home must be your “principal place of business” for your trade or business to qualify to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. If you have another “fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities,” then you do not qualify for the home office deduction.
In other words, if you commuted to an office before March 2020, it’s unlikely you qualify for the home office deduction. If you principally worked from home before the pandemic, you may qualify for the home office deduction. The IRS provides a simple flow chart to help determine eligibility (see below).
We recommend consulting your tax professional if you are thinking of taking the home office deduction or want an opinion on your specific circumstances.
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