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Tax Write-Offs: Working From Home, Do You Qualify?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers were required to work from home. What was once unfamiliar territory for those whose routine was to wake up in the morning and get ready to leave the house for their job has become commonplace. However, with tax season coming up, there is something that people who are in this position may not know.

With your home office, you may be able to claim a deduction on your taxes! However, there are some stipulations as to who actually qualifies for this. If you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or a gig worker then you DO fall under the umbrella of those who can claim a tax write-off. Unfortunately for those who work for a company, large corporation, etc., you would not be able to claim the tax deduction for your home office as a work-from-home employee.

To emphasize, your home must be regularly used as an office space for your business or it must be the primary place where you conduct your business in 2021. Also, if your home is where you keep your inventory, this would qualify you as well!

The good news is that you do not need to be a homeowner to claim this deduction. If you live in a mobile home, apartment, or any other property of the like, you can claim the tax deduction. Lastly, if you only, for example, owned your business for part of the year, then you can still claim your business as a tax write-off for that part of the year you owned it.

Knowing what category YOU fall under can ensure that you are making the correct moves when preparing for the 2022 tax season. There are many other things to think about when it comes to filing your taxes, but this is a huge part of it, especially if you are hoping to contribute more to your tax return.

What questions do you have about tax season? We are here to provide help with tax preparation, accounting, payroll management, and business formation! R&I Tax and Bookkeeping is here to help!

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Reinicke, C. (2021, December 3). Did you work from home this year? when you can claim the home-office tax deductionC. CNBC. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from



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