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Laureen Miles Brunelli

The Telecommuter's Home Office Deduction

By March 3, 2014

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msftTax.JPGLast week we talked about independent contractors' taxes, which can be quite complex. But, of course, everyone who works at home is not necessarily an independent contractor.

Many telecommuters are employees. While in many respects the telecommuting employee's taxes are a bit like everyone else's (i.e., receiving a w-2 instead of a 1099-MISC), one key difference is the home office.

Can telecommuting employees deduct their home offices expenses? The answer is an irritatingly imprecise sometimes.

Employees who want to deduct their home office expenses have a few more hurdles than independent contractors do. Naturally anything your company reimbursed you for is not deductible. But the IRS will also want to know why you work at home, and then, even worse, not all of your unreimbursed business expenses (which include your home office) are deductible.

Read on for more about home office deductions for telecommuting employees.

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