Home Office Tax Talk: Don’t Forget These 4 Deductions

Here's a short list of common home office expenses that can be claimed on your business tax return.

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3. Home Office Utilities

Utilities associated directly with your home office — including electricity, Internet, telephone, etc. can be claimed as home office deductions.  Just like commercial office space, your home office requires the same essentials. Consult a small business tax professional to ensure all of your deductions qualify.

4. Maintenance and Repairs

House repairs (indirect expenses) associated with your home office space can also be included in your home office deductions. If your home office is open to customers and clients, you should expect damages may occur to your office space.

This type of indirect expenses “associated with running the entire home are not fully deductible, and are based on the percentage of the home used for business.  If 20% of the home was used for business, then 20% of these indirect expenses are deductible.”


These seemingly minor things are often overlooked by small business owners at tax time. However, even if your home office expenses are minimal, the total amount associated with new products and services to maintain your office are often, relatively a large amount.

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Maria Dublin is a business writer for ComputerDesk.com, an online retailer of computer desks, workstations, armoires and computer chairs for the home office.

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