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Home Office Deduction - 2020 (Text Based)

Created on February 28, 2020



Each year the U.S. Census Bureau publishes what it refers to as nonemployer statistics[1] that may provide information about the increased importance of the business use of taxpayers’ homes. A “nonemployer,” for purposes of the statistics, is defined as a business that has no paid employees, has annual business receipts of at least $1,000 and is subject to federal income taxes. These nonemployers may be organized as corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships. Because they have no paid employees, nonemployers are more likely than others to operate their businesses from their homes and seek a home office tax deduction.

The data supplied on nonemployers show a generally increasing number of these businesses, from a total of 19.5 million in 2004 to 25.7 million in 2017. Although they have no paid employees, they account for significant receipts. In 2004 they produced receipts of $887 billion; by 2016, those receipts had grown to $1.2 trillion[2]. Clearly, the likelihood that any tax return preparer will be required to prepare a taxpayer’s tax return with a home office deduction is significant and is becoming more likely each year.

This course will examine the federal income tax deduction for business use of a home and will discuss:

  • Qualifying for a home office tax deduction;
  • Determining a taxpayer’s home office deduction using the actual expense and simplified methods;
  • The special home office deduction rules that apply to daycare facilities;
  • The taxpayer’s home office deduction recordkeeping requirements; and
  • Where to take the deduction and the forms a tax the preparer must use in connection with it.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the home office deduction qualification rules
  2. Identify the types of home office use to which the exclusive use requirement does not apply
  3. Describe the various types of taxpayer expenses that may be used to support a deduction for business use of a home
  4. Apply the rules applicable to the simplified method of figuring the home office deduction
  5. Identify the tax forms on which a home office the deduction should be taken
  6. Recognize the recordkeeping requirements applicable to documents supporting a taxpayer’s home office deduction

Instructional Method: Self-Study

Review Date: 02/28/2020

Required Components: Written Materials

CPE Final Exam Required Passage Grade: 70%

Please Note: This course must be completed within 1 year of the date of receipt of this course for CPE Credit.

Field of Study: Taxes

Level of Knowledge: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Knowledge: None

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