Home-office rules: the basics
Whether you’re a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, you can deduct your home office expenses if you use part of your home “regularly and exclusively” as either:
1. Your principal place of doing business; or
2. A place to meet or deal with clients, customers or patients in the normal course of business. Also, you can deduct expenses attributable to a detached structure—such as a garage or shed—that’s used in connection with your business (e.g., to store inventory).
Finally, if you’re an employee, the home office must be used for the convenience of the employer, not of the employee.
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