During the pandemic, many people are working from home. If you’re self-employed and run your business from home or perform certain functions there, you may be able to claim deductions for home office expenses against your business income. There are two methods for claiming deductions. With the actual expenses method, you claim direct expenses, such as the cost of carpeting and a proportionate share of indirect expenses, such as utilities, insurance and depreciation. With the simplified method, you deduct $5 for each square foot of home office space, up to $1,500. Unfortunately, employees aren’t eligible for home office deductions. We can help you determine if you qualify and how to proceed.
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