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Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about business bad debts, see chapter 10 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson Nonbusiness bad debts. Myfreetaxes com tucson   All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible as short-term capital losses on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Car and Truck Expenses If you use your car or truck in your business, you may be able to deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle. Myfreetaxes com tucson You also may be able to deduct other costs of local transportation and traveling away from home overnight on business. Myfreetaxes com tucson You may qualify for a tax credit for qualified plug-in electric vehicles, qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, and alternative motor vehicles you place in service during the year. 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Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car or truck you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson In later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must choose to use it for the entire lease period (including renewals). Myfreetaxes com tucson Standard mileage rate not allowed. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You cannot use the standard mileage rate if you: Operate five or more cars at the same time, Claimed a depreciation deduction using any method other than straight line, for example, ACRS or MACRS, Claimed a section 179 deduction on the car, Claimed the special depreciation allowance on the car, Claimed actual car expenses for a car you leased, or Are a rural mail carrier who received a qualified reimbursement. 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Myfreetaxes com tucson Contributions to a state unemployment insurance fund are deductible as taxes if they are considered taxes under state law. Myfreetaxes com tucson Overhead insurance that pays for business overhead expenses you have during long periods of disability caused by your injury or sickness. Myfreetaxes com tucson Car and other vehicle insurance that covers vehicles used in your business for liability, damages, and other losses. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you operate a vehicle partly for personal use, deduct only the part of the insurance premium that applies to the business use of the vehicle. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses, you cannot deduct any car insurance premiums. Myfreetaxes com tucson Life insurance covering your employees if you are not directly or indirectly the beneficiary under the contract. Myfreetaxes com tucson Business interruption insurance that pays for lost profits if your business is shut down due to a fire or other cause. Myfreetaxes com tucson Nondeductible premiums. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You cannot deduct premiums on the following kinds of insurance. Myfreetaxes com tucson Self-insurance reserve funds. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct amounts credited to a reserve set up for self-insurance. Myfreetaxes com tucson This applies even if you cannot get business insurance coverage for certain business risks. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, your actual losses may be deductible. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Myfreetaxes com tucson Loss of earnings. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct premiums for a policy that pays for your lost earnings due to sickness or disability. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, see item (8) in the previous list. Myfreetaxes com tucson Certain life insurance and annuities. Myfreetaxes com tucson For contracts issued before June 9, 1997, you cannot deduct the premiums on a life insurance policy covering you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary of the policy. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are included among possible beneficiaries of the policy if the policy owner is obligated to repay a loan from you using the proceeds of the policy. Myfreetaxes com tucson A person has a financial interest in your business if the person is an owner or part owner of the business or has lent money to the business. Myfreetaxes com tucson For contracts issued after June 8, 1997, you generally cannot deduct the premiums on any life insurance policy, endowment contract, or annuity contract if you are directly or indirectly a beneficiary. Myfreetaxes com tucson The disallowance applies without regard to whom the policy covers. Myfreetaxes com tucson Insurance to secure a loan. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you take out a policy on your life or on the life of another person with a financial interest in your business to get or protect a business loan, you cannot deduct the premiums as a business expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson Nor can you deduct the premiums as interest on business loans or as an expense of financing loans. Myfreetaxes com tucson In the event of death, the proceeds of the policy are not taxed as income even if they are used to liquidate the debt. Myfreetaxes com tucson Self-employed health insurance deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You may be able to deduct the amount you paid for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you and your family. Myfreetaxes com tucson How to figure the deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, you can use the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, if any of the following apply, you must use the worksheet in chapter 6 of Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson You have more than one source of income subject to self-employment tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson You file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Myfreetaxes com tucson You are using amounts paid for qualified long-term care insurance to figure the deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson Prepayment. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You cannot deduct expenses in advance, even if you pay them in advance. Myfreetaxes com tucson This rule applies to any expense paid far enough in advance to, in effect, create an asset with a useful life extending substantially beyond the end of the current tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson In 2013, you signed a 3-year insurance contract. Myfreetaxes com tucson Even though you paid the premiums for 2013, 2014, and 2015 when you signed the contract, you can only deduct the premium for 2013 on your 2013 tax return. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct in 2014 and 2015 the premium allocable to those years. Myfreetaxes com tucson More information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about deducting insurance, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson Interest You can generally deduct as a business expense all interest you pay or accrue during the tax year on debts related to your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson Interest relates to your business if you use the proceeds of the loan for a business expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson It does not matter what type of property secures the loan. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct interest on a debt only if you meet all of the following requirements. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are legally liable for that debt. Myfreetaxes com tucson Both you and the lender intend that the debt be repaid. Myfreetaxes com tucson You and the lender have a true debtor-creditor relationship. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the interest you paid on personal loans. Myfreetaxes com tucson If a loan is part business and part personal, you must divide the interest between the personal part and the business part. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson In 2013, you paid $600 interest on a car loan. Myfreetaxes com tucson During 2013, you used the car 60% for business and 40% for personal purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are claiming actual expenses on the car. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can only deduct $360 (60% × $600) for 2013 on Schedule C or C-EZ. Myfreetaxes com tucson The remaining interest of $240 is a nondeductible personal expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson More information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about deducting interest, see chapter 4 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson That chapter explains the following items. Myfreetaxes com tucson Interest you can deduct. Myfreetaxes com tucson Interest you cannot deduct. Myfreetaxes com tucson How to allocate interest between personal and business use. Myfreetaxes com tucson When to deduct interest. Myfreetaxes com tucson The rules for a below-market interest rate loan. Myfreetaxes com tucson (This is generally a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. Myfreetaxes com tucson ) Legal and Professional Fees Legal and professional fees, such as fees charged by accountants, that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating your business are deductible on Schedule C or C-EZ. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, you usually cannot deduct legal fees you pay to acquire business assets. Myfreetaxes com tucson Add them to the basis of the property. Myfreetaxes com tucson If the fees include payments for work of a personal nature (such as making a will), you can take a business deduction only for the part of the fee related to your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson The personal part of legal fees for producing or collecting taxable income, doing or keeping your job, or for tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize deductions. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Tax preparation fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the cost of preparing that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct the remaining cost on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can also deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the amount you pay or incur in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business as a sole proprietor or statutory employee. Myfreetaxes com tucson Pension Plans You can set up and maintain the following small business retirement plans for yourself and your employees. Myfreetaxes com tucson SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) plans. Myfreetaxes com tucson SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. Myfreetaxes com tucson Qualified plans (including Keogh or H. Myfreetaxes com tucson R. Myfreetaxes com tucson 10 plans). Myfreetaxes com tucson SEP, SIMPLE, and qualified plans offer you and your employees a tax favored way to save for retirement. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct contributions you make to the plan for your employees on line 19 of Schedule C. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you are a sole proprietor, you can deduct contributions you make to the plan for yourself on line 28 of Form 1040. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can also deduct trustees' fees if contributions to the plan do not cover them. Myfreetaxes com tucson Earnings on the contributions are generally tax free until you or your employees receive distributions from the plan. Myfreetaxes com tucson You may also be able to claim a tax credit of 50% of the first $1,000 of qualified startup costs if you begin a new qualified defined benefit or defined contribution plan (including a 401(k) plan), SIMPLE plan, or simplified employee pension. Myfreetaxes com tucson Under certain plans, employees can have you contribute limited amounts of their before-tax pay to a plan. Myfreetaxes com tucson These amounts (and earnings on them) are generally tax free until your employees receive distributions from the plan. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information on retirement plans for small business, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). Myfreetaxes com tucson Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), discusses other tax favored ways to save for retirement. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent Expense Rent is any amount you pay for the use of property you do not own. Myfreetaxes com tucson In general, you can deduct rent as a business expense only if the rent is for property you use in your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you have or will receive equity in or title to the property, you cannot deduct the rent. Myfreetaxes com tucson Unreasonable rent. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You cannot take a rental deduction for unreasonable rents. Myfreetaxes com tucson Ordinarily, the issue of reasonableness arises only if you and the lessor are related. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent paid to a related person is reasonable if it is the same amount you would pay to a stranger for use of the same property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent is not unreasonable just because it is figured as a percentage of gross receipts. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Related persons include members of your immediate family, including only brothers and sisters (either whole or half), your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Myfreetaxes com tucson For a list of the other related persons, see section 267 of the Internal Revenue Code. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent on your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If you rent your home and use part of it as your place of business, you may be able to deduct the rent you pay for that part. Myfreetaxes com tucson You must meet the requirements for business use of your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Business Use of Your Home , later. Myfreetaxes com tucson Rent paid in advance. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Generally, rent paid in your business is deductible in the year paid or accrued. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you pay rent in advance, you can deduct only the amount that applies to your use of the rented property during the tax year. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct the rest of your payment only over the period to which it applies. Myfreetaxes com tucson More information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about rent, see chapter 3 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson Taxes You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson Income taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ a state tax on gross income (as distinguished from net income) directly attributable to your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct other state and local income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not deduct federal income tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson Employment taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment (FUTA) taxes you paid out of your own funds as an employer. Myfreetaxes com tucson Employment taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can also deduct payments you made as an employer to a state unemployment compensation fund or to a state disability benefit fund. Myfreetaxes com tucson Deduct these payments as taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Self-employment tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct one-half of your self-employment tax on line 27 of Form 1040. Myfreetaxes com tucson Self-employment tax is discussed in chapters 1 and 10. Myfreetaxes com tucson Personal property tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ any tax imposed by a state or local government on personal property used in your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can also deduct registration fees for the right to use property within a state or local area. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson May and Julius Winter drove their car 7,000 business miles out of a total of 10,000 miles. Myfreetaxes com tucson They had to pay $25 for their annual state license tags and $20 for their city registration sticker. Myfreetaxes com tucson They also paid $235 in city personal property tax on the car, for a total of $280. Myfreetaxes com tucson They are claiming their actual car expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Because they used the car 70% for business, they can deduct 70% of the $280, or $196, as a business expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson Real estate taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ the real estate taxes you pay on your business property. Myfreetaxes com tucson Deductible real estate taxes are any state, local, or foreign taxes on real estate levied for the general public welfare. Myfreetaxes com tucson The taxing authority must base the taxes on the assessed value of the real estate and charge them uniformly against all property under its jurisdiction. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about real estate taxes, see chapter 5 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson That chapter explains special rules for deducting the following items. Myfreetaxes com tucson Taxes for local benefits, such as those for sidewalks, streets, water mains, and sewer lines. Myfreetaxes com tucson Real estate taxes when you buy or sell property during the year. Myfreetaxes com tucson Real estate taxes if you use an accrual method of accounting and choose to accrue real estate tax related to a definite period ratably over that period. Myfreetaxes com tucson Sales tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Treat any sales tax you pay on a service or on the purchase or use of property as part of the cost of the service or property. Myfreetaxes com tucson If the service or the cost or use of the property is a deductible business expense, you can deduct the tax as part of that service or cost. Myfreetaxes com tucson If the property is merchandise bought for resale, the sales tax is part of the cost of the merchandise. Myfreetaxes com tucson If the property is depreciable, add the sales tax to the basis for depreciation. Myfreetaxes com tucson For information on the basis of property, see Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Myfreetaxes com tucson    Do not deduct state and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer that you must collect and pay over to the state or local government. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not include these taxes in gross receipts or sales. Myfreetaxes com tucson Excise taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ all excise taxes that are ordinary and necessary expenses of carrying on your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson Excise taxes are discussed briefly in chapter 1. Myfreetaxes com tucson Fuel taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and other motor fuels you use in your business are usually included as part of the cost of the fuel. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not deduct these taxes as a separate item. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You may be entitled to a credit or refund for federal excise tax you paid on fuels used for certain purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Publication 510, Excise Taxes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Travel, Meals, and Entertainment This section briefly explains the kinds of travel and entertainment expenses you can deduct on Schedule C or C-EZ. Myfreetaxes com tucson Table 8-1. Myfreetaxes com tucson When Are Entertainment Expenses Deductible? (Note. Myfreetaxes com tucson The following is a summary of the rules for deducting entertainment expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more details about these rules, see Publication 463. Myfreetaxes com tucson ) General rule You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses to entertain a client, customer, or employee if the expenses meet the directly-related test or the associated test. Myfreetaxes com tucson Definitions Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation, and includes meals provided to a customer or client. Myfreetaxes com tucson An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. Myfreetaxes com tucson A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate, although not necessarily required, for your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson Tests to be met Directly-related test Entertainment took place in a clear business setting, or Main purpose of entertainment was the active conduct of business, and You did engage in business with the person during the entertainment period, and You had more than a general expectation of getting income or some other specific business benefit. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Associated test Entertainment is associated with your trade or business, and Entertainment directly precedes or follows a substantial business discussion. Myfreetaxes com tucson Other rules You cannot deduct the cost of your meal as an entertainment expense if you are claiming the meal as a travel expense. Myfreetaxes com tucson You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances. Myfreetaxes com tucson You generally can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Travel expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson   These are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are traveling away from home if both the following conditions are met. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. Myfreetaxes com tucson You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Myfreetaxes com tucson Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home. Myfreetaxes com tucson It includes the entire city or general area in which your business is located. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Publication 463 for more information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The following is a brief discussion of the expenses you can deduct. Myfreetaxes com tucson Transportation. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the cost of travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. Myfreetaxes com tucson Taxi, commuter bus, and limousine. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct fares for these and other types of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, or between the hotel and your work location away from home. Myfreetaxes com tucson Baggage and shipping. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the cost of sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. Myfreetaxes com tucson Car or truck. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle when traveling away from home on business. Myfreetaxes com tucson You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate (discussed earlier under Car and Truck Expenses), as well as business-related tolls and parking. Myfreetaxes com tucson If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Meals and lodging. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the cost of meals and lodging if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Myfreetaxes com tucson In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of your meal expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Cleaning. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the costs of dry cleaning and laundry while on your business trip. Myfreetaxes com tucson Telephone. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the cost of business calls while on your business trip, including business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. Myfreetaxes com tucson Tips. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can deduct the tips you pay for any expense in this list. Myfreetaxes com tucson More information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information about travel expenses, see Publication 463. Myfreetaxes com tucson Entertainment expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. Myfreetaxes com tucson In most cases, you can deduct only 50% of these expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson   The following are examples of entertainment expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Entertaining guests at nightclubs, athletic clubs, theaters, or sporting events. Myfreetaxes com tucson Providing meals, a hotel suite, or a car to business customers or their families. Myfreetaxes com tucson To be deductible, the expenses must meet the rules listed in Table 8-1. Myfreetaxes com tucson For details about these rules, see Publication 463. Myfreetaxes com tucson Reimbursing your employees for expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You generally can deduct the amount you reimburse your employees for travel and entertainment expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson The reimbursement you deduct and the manner in which you deduct it depend in part on whether you reimburse the expenses under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Myfreetaxes com tucson For details, see chapter 11 in Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson That chapter explains accountable and nonaccountable plans and tells you whether to report the reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Myfreetaxes com tucson Business Use of Your Home To deduct expenses related to the part of your home used for business, you must meet specific requirements. Myfreetaxes com tucson Even then, your deduction may be limited. Myfreetaxes com tucson To qualify to claim expenses for business use of your home, you must meet the following tests. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your use of the business part of your home must be: Exclusive (however, see Exceptions to exclusive use , later), Regular, For your business, and The business part of your home must be one of the following: Your principal place of business (defined later), A place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your business, or A separate structure (not attached to your home) you use in connection with your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exclusive use. Myfreetaxes com tucson   To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Myfreetaxes com tucson The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Myfreetaxes com tucson The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. Myfreetaxes com tucson Example. Myfreetaxes com tucson You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Myfreetaxes com tucson Your family also uses the den for recreation. Myfreetaxes com tucson The den is not used exclusively in your profession, so you cannot claim a business deduction for its use. Myfreetaxes com tucson Exceptions to exclusive use. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if you use part of your home in either of the following ways. Myfreetaxes com tucson For the storage of inventory or product samples. Myfreetaxes com tucson As a daycare facility. Myfreetaxes com tucson For an explanation of these exceptions, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers). Myfreetaxes com tucson Regular use. Myfreetaxes com tucson   To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a continuing basis. Myfreetaxes com tucson You do not meet the test if your business use of the area is only occasional or incidental, even if you do not use that area for any other purpose. Myfreetaxes com tucson Principal place of business. Myfreetaxes com tucson   You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Myfreetaxes com tucson To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that business. Myfreetaxes com tucson To determine your principal place of business, you must consider all the facts and circumstances. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use if you meet the following requirements. Myfreetaxes com tucson You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your business. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Alternatively, if you use your home exclusively and regularly for your business, but your home office does not qualify as your principal place of business based on the previous rules, you determine your principal place of business based on the following factors. Myfreetaxes com tucson The relative importance of the activities performed at each location. Myfreetaxes com tucson If the relative importance factor does not determine your principal place of business, you can also consider the time spent at each location. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson However, for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses, see Publication 587. Myfreetaxes com tucson Deduction limit. Myfreetaxes com tucson   If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson If your gross income from the business use is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation (with depreciation taken last), allocable to the business is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. Myfreetaxes com tucson The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). Myfreetaxes com tucson The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. Myfreetaxes com tucson Do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Myfreetaxes com tucson   Use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure your deduction. Myfreetaxes com tucson New simplified method. Myfreetaxes com tucson    The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Myfreetaxes com tucson The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5 by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. Myfreetaxes com tucson The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C. Myfreetaxes com tucson More information. Myfreetaxes com tucson   For more information on deducting expenses for the business use of your home, see Publication 587. Myfreetaxes com tucson Other Expenses You Can Deduct You may also be able to deduct the following expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson See Publication 535 to find out whether you can deduct them. Myfreetaxes com tucson Advertising. Myfreetaxes com tucson Bank fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Donations to business organizations. Myfreetaxes com tucson Education expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Energy efficient commercial buildings deduction expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Impairment-related expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Interview expense allowances. Myfreetaxes com tucson Licenses and regulatory fees. Myfreetaxes com tucson Moving machinery. Myfreetaxes com tucson Outplacement services. Myfreetaxes com tucson Penalties and fines you pay for late performance or nonperformance of a contract. Myfreetaxes com tucson Repairs that keep your property in a normal efficient operating condition. Myfreetaxes com tucson Repayments of income. Myfreetaxes com tucson Subscriptions to trade or professional publications. Myfreetaxes com tucson Supplies and materials. Myfreetaxes com tucson Utilities. Myfreetaxes com tucson Expenses You Cannot Deduct You usually cannot deduct the following as business expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson For more information, see Publication 535. Myfreetaxes com tucson Bribes and kickbacks. Myfreetaxes com tucson Charitable contributions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Demolition expenses or losses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Dues to business, social, athletic, luncheon, sporting, airline, and hotel clubs. Myfreetaxes com tucson Lobbying expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Penalties and fines you pay to a governmental agency or instrumentality because you broke the law. Myfreetaxes com tucson Personal, living, and family expenses. Myfreetaxes com tucson Political contributions. Myfreetaxes com tucson Repairs that add to the value of your property or significantly increase its life. Myfreetaxes com tucson Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications