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If you own a small business, you undoubtedly work from home, at least on occasion. If you’re like many small business owners in today’s world, you might even work exclusively from home. Whichever category you fall under, claiming a “home office” on your taxes can be tricky. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to make sure you’re in line with IRS standards when it comes to your home office.

Home Office for a Small Business Owner

First, to claim a home office on your taxes, both of these things must apply:

Exclusive Use Explained

Exclusive use means you use the area in your home for business purposes only. The area must meet these requirements to be considered “exclusive”:

Regular Use Explained

Regular use means you use part of the home on a continuous, ongoing, or recurring basis. You can use the space for more than one business, and you can have more than one business location (other than your home office) for each business as well. However, if you’re deducting a home office on your taxes, your home must be the principal place of business. Factors considered in “regular use” of a home office include:

If you’re employed by another company and work from home, you can also claim a home office. Here’s how:

If you’re already working from home and haven’t set up a home office, now is the time. Home office deductions can save you big money on your taxes and help keep your small business activities more organized.

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