What you need to know about the home office tax deduction

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The home office deduction allows qualifying taxpayers to deduct certain home expenses on their tax return. With more people working from home than ever before, some taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year.

Here are some things to know about claiming the home office deduction:

Employees are not eligible to claim the home office deduction.

The home office deduction Form 8829 is available to both homeowners and renters.

There are certain expenses taxpayers can deduct. They include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance, depreciation and rent.

Taxpayers must meet specific requirements to claim home expenses as a deduction. Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited.

The term “home” for purposes of this deduction:

Includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat or similar property.Also includes structures on the property. These are places like an unattached garage, studio, barn or greenhouse.Doesn’t include any part of the taxpayer’s property used exclusively as a hotel, motel, inn or similar business.

There are two basic requirements for the taxpayer’s home to qualify

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