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Requirements to Claim the Home Office Deduction

You must regularly use part of your home exclusively for conducting business. For example, if you use an extra room to run your business, you can take a home office deduction for that extra room. You must show that you use your home as your principal place of business. If you conduct business at a location outside of your home, but also use your home substantially and regularly to conduct business, you may qualify for a home office deduction.
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Simplified Option - Standard deduction of $5 per square foot of home used for business (maximum 300 square feet). Allowable home-related itemized deductions claimed in full on Schedule A. (For example: Mortgage interest, real estate taxes). No home depreciation deduction or later recapture of depreciation for the years the simplified option is used.

Regular Method - Taxpayers using the regular method must determine the actual expenses of their home office. These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. Generally, when using the regular method, deductions for a home office are based on the percentage of your home devoted to business use. So, if you use a whole room or part of a room for conducting your business, you need to figure out the percentage of your home devoted to your business activities.