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File 1040x Publication 587 - Main Content Table of Contents Qualifying for a DeductionExclusive Use Regular Use Trade or Business Use Principal Place of Business Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers Separate Structure Figuring the DeductionUsing Actual Expenses Using the Simplified Method Daycare Facility Standard meal and snack rates. File 1040x Sale or Exchange of Your HomeGain on Sale Depreciation Basis Adjustment Reporting the Sale More Information Business Furniture and EquipmentListed Property Property Bought for Business Use Personal Property Converted to Business Use Recordkeeping Where To DeductSelf-Employed Persons Employees Partners How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your HomeInstructions for the Worksheet Worksheets To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (Simplified Method) Instructions for the Simplified Method Worksheet Instructions for the Daycare Facility Worksheet Instructions for the Area Adjustment Worksheet Qualifying for a Deduction Generally, you cannot deduct items related to your home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, utilities, maintenance, rent, depreciation, or property insurance, as business expenses. File 1040x However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. File 1040x Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. File 1040x Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File 1040x To qualify to deduct expenses for business use of your home, you must use part of your home: Exclusively and regularly as your principal place of business (defined later), Exclusively and regularly as a place where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of your trade or business, In the case of a separate structure which is not attached to your home, in connection with your trade or business, On a regular basis for certain storage use (see Storage of inventory or product samples , later), For rental use (see Publication 527), or As a daycare facility (see Daycare Facility , later). File 1040x Additional tests for employee use. File 1040x   If you are an employee and you use a part of your home for business, you may qualify for a deduction for its business use. File 1040x You must meet the tests discussed earlier plus: Your business use must be for the convenience of your employer, and You must not rent any part of your home to your employer and use the rented portion to perform services as an employee for that employer. File 1040x If the use of the home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File 1040x Exclusive Use To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. File 1040x The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. File 1040x The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. File 1040x You do not meet the requirements of the exclusive use test if you use the area in question both for business and for personal purposes. File 1040x Example. File 1040x You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. File 1040x Your family also uses the den for recreation. File 1040x The den is not used exclusively in your trade or business, so you cannot claim a deduction for the business use of the den. File 1040x Exceptions to Exclusive Use You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if either of the following applies. File 1040x You use part of your home for the storage of inventory or product samples (discussed next). File 1040x You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . File 1040x Note. File 1040x With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. File 1040x Storage of inventory or product samples. File 1040x    If you use part of your home for storage of inventory or product samples, you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home without meeting the exclusive use test. File 1040x However, you must meet all the following tests. File 1040x You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. File 1040x You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. File 1040x Your home is the only fixed location of your trade or business. File 1040x You use the storage space on a regular basis. File 1040x The space you use is a separately identifiable space suitable for storage. File 1040x Example. File 1040x Your home is the only fixed location of your business of selling mechanics' tools at retail. File 1040x You regularly use half of your basement for storage of inventory and product samples. File 1040x You sometimes use the area for personal purposes. File 1040x The expenses for the storage space are deductible even though you do not use this part of your basement exclusively for business. File 1040x Regular Use To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a regular basis. File 1040x Incidental or occasional business use is not regular use. File 1040x You must consider all facts and circumstances in determining whether your use is on a regular basis. File 1040x Trade or Business Use To qualify under the trade-or-business-use test, you must use part of your home in connection with a trade or business. File 1040x If you use your home for a profit-seeking activity that is not a trade or business, you cannot take a deduction for its business use. File 1040x Example. File 1040x You use part of your home exclusively and regularly to read financial periodicals and reports, clip bond coupons, and carry out similar activities related to your own investments. File 1040x You do not make investments as a broker or dealer. File 1040x So, your activities are not part of a trade or business and you cannot take a deduction for the business use of your home. File 1040x Principal Place of Business You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. File 1040x To qualify to deduct the expenses for the business use of your home under the principal place of business test, your home must be your principal place of business for that trade or business. File 1040x To determine whether your home is your principal place of business, you must consider: The relative importance of the activities performed at each place where you conduct business, and The amount of time spent at each place where you conduct business. File 1040x Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. File 1040x You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File 1040x You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. File 1040x If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. File 1040x However, see the later discussions under Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers and Separate Structure for other ways to qualify to deduct home office expenses. File 1040x Administrative or management activities. File 1040x   There are many activities that are administrative or managerial in nature. File 1040x The following are a few examples. File 1040x Billing customers, clients, or patients. File 1040x Keeping books and records. File 1040x Ordering supplies. File 1040x Setting up appointments. File 1040x Forwarding orders or writing reports. File 1040x Administrative or management activities performed at other locations. File 1040x   The following activities performed by you or others will not disqualify your home office from being your principal place of business. File 1040x You have others conduct your administrative or management activities at locations other than your home. File 1040x (For example, another company does your billing from its place of business. File 1040x ) You conduct administrative or management activities at places that are not fixed locations of your business, such as in a car or a hotel room. File 1040x You occasionally conduct minimal administrative or management activities at a fixed location outside your home. File 1040x You conduct substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement business activities at a fixed location outside your home. File 1040x (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. File 1040x ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. File 1040x Please click here for the text description of the image. File 1040x Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. File 1040x John is a self-employed plumber. File 1040x Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. File 1040x He has a small office in his home that he uses exclusively and regularly for the administrative or management activities of his business, such as phoning customers, ordering supplies, and keeping his books. File 1040x John writes up estimates and records of work completed at his customers' premises. File 1040x He does not conduct any substantial administrative or management activities at any fixed location other than his home office. File 1040x John does not do his own billing. File 1040x He uses a local bookkeeping service to bill his customers. File 1040x John's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. File 1040x He uses the home office for the administrative or managerial activities of his plumbing business and he has no other fixed location where he conducts these administrative or managerial activities. File 1040x His choice to have his billing done by another company does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. File 1040x He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. File 1040x Example 2. File 1040x Pamela is a self-employed sales representative for several different product lines. File 1040x She has an office in her home that she uses exclusively and regularly to set up appointments and write up orders and other reports for the companies whose products she sells. File 1040x She occasionally writes up orders and sets up appointments from her hotel room when she is away on business overnight. File 1040x Pamela's business is selling products to customers at various locations throughout her territory. File 1040x To make these sales, she regularly visits customers to explain the available products and take orders. File 1040x Pamela's home office qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. File 1040x She conducts administrative or management activities there and she has no other fixed location where she conducts substantial administrative or management activities. File 1040x The fact that she conducts some administrative or management activities in her hotel room (not a fixed location) does not disqualify her home office from being her principal place of business. File 1040x She meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so she can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of her home. File 1040x Example 3. File 1040x Paul is a self-employed anesthesiologist. File 1040x He spends the majority of his time administering anesthesia and postoperative care in three local hospitals. File 1040x One of the hospitals provides him with a small shared office where he could conduct administrative or management activities. File 1040x Paul very rarely uses the office the hospital provides. File 1040x He uses a room in his home that he has converted to an office. File 1040x He uses this room exclusively and regularly to conduct all the following activities. File 1040x Contacting patients, surgeons, and hospitals regarding scheduling. File 1040x Preparing for treatments and presentations. File 1040x Maintaining billing records and patient logs. File 1040x Satisfying continuing medical education requirements. File 1040x Reading medical journals and books. File 1040x Paul's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. File 1040x He conducts administrative or management activities for his business as an anesthesiologist there and he has no other fixed location where he conducts substantial administrative or management activities for this business. File 1040x His choice to use his home office instead of the one provided by the hospital does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. File 1040x His performance of substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement activities at fixed locations outside his home also does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. File 1040x He meets all the qualifications, including principal place of business, so he can deduct expenses (subject to certain limitations, explained later) for the business use of his home. File 1040x Example 4. File 1040x Kathleen is employed as a teacher. File 1040x She is required to teach and meet with students at the school and to grade papers and tests. File 1040x The school provides her with a small office where she can work on her lesson plans, grade papers and tests, and meet with parents and students. File 1040x The school does not require her to work at home. File 1040x Kathleen prefers to use the office she has set up in her home and does not use the one provided by the school. File 1040x She uses this home office exclusively and regularly for the administrative duties of her teaching job. File 1040x Kathleen must meet the convenience-of-the-employer test, even if her home qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. File 1040x Her employer provides her with an office and does not require her to work at home, so she does not meet the convenience-of-the-employer test and cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home. File 1040x More Than One Trade or Business The same home office can be the principal place of business for two or more separate business activities. File 1040x Whether your home office is the principal place of business for more than one business activity must be determined separately for each of your trade or business activities. File 1040x You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. File 1040x As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. File 1040x As a place to meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of one or more of your trades or businesses. File 1040x If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. File 1040x You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. File 1040x e. File 1040x , personal) activities. File 1040x If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. File 1040x See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. File 1040x Example. File 1040x Tracy White is employed as a teacher. File 1040x Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. File 1040x She also has a mail order jewelry business. File 1040x All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. File 1040x If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. File 1040x If Tracy also uses the office for work related to her teaching, she must meet the exclusive use test for both businesses to qualify for the deduction. File 1040x As an employee, Tracy must also meet the convenience-of-the-employer test to qualify for the deduction. File 1040x She does not meet this test for her work as a teacher, so she cannot claim a deduction for the business use of her home for either activity. File 1040x Place To Meet Patients, Clients, or Customers If you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers in your home in the normal course of your business, even though you also carry on business at another location, you can deduct your expenses for the part of your home used exclusively and regularly for business if you meet both the following tests. File 1040x You physically meet with patients, clients, or customers on your premises. File 1040x Their use of your home is substantial and integral to the conduct of your business. File 1040x Doctors, dentists, attorneys, and other professionals who maintain offices in their homes generally will meet this requirement. File 1040x Using your home for occasional meetings and telephone calls will not qualify you to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. File 1040x The part of your home you use exclusively and regularly to meet patients, clients, or customers does not have to be your principal place of business. File 1040x Example. File 1040x June Quill, a self-employed attorney, works 3 days a week in her city office. File 1040x She works 2 days a week in her home office used only for business. File 1040x She regularly meets clients there. File 1040x Her home office qualifies for a business deduction because she meets clients there in the normal course of her business. File 1040x Separate Structure You can deduct expenses for a separate free-standing structure, such as a studio, workshop, garage, or barn, if you use it exclusively and regularly for your business. File 1040x The structure does not have to be your principal place of business or a place where you meet patients, clients, or customers. File 1040x Example. File 1040x John Berry operates a floral shop in town. File 1040x He grows the plants for his shop in a greenhouse behind his home. File 1040x He uses the greenhouse exclusively and regularly in his business, so he can deduct the expenses for its use, subject to certain limitations, explained later. File 1040x Figuring the Deduction After you determine that you meet the tests under Qualifying for a Deduction , you can begin to figure how much you can deduct. File 1040x When figuring the amount you can deduct for the business use of your home, you will use either your actual expenses or a simplified method. File 1040x Electing to use the simplified method. File 1040x   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File 1040x You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. File 1040x See Using the Simplified Method , later. File 1040x Rental to employer. File 1040x   If you rent part of your home to your employer and you use the rented part in performing services for your employer as an employee, your deduction for the business use of your home is limited. File 1040x You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. File 1040x However, you cannot deduct otherwise allowable trade or business expenses, business casualty losses, or depreciation related to the use of your home (or use the simplified method as an alternative to deducting these actual expenses) in performing services for your employer. File 1040x Using Actual Expenses If you do not or cannot elect to use the simplified method for a home, you will figure your deduction for that home using your actual expenses. File 1040x You will also need to figure the percentage of your home used for business and the limit on the deduction. File 1040x If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and you file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. File 1040x If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use Form 8829 to figure your deduction. File 1040x Part-year use. File 1040x   You cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home incurred during any part of the year you did not use your home for business purposes. File 1040x For example, if you begin using part of your home for business on July 1, and you meet all the tests from that date until the end of the year, consider only your expenses for the last half of the year in figuring your allowable deduction. File 1040x Expenses related to tax-exempt income. File 1040x   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. File 1040x However, if you receive a tax-exempt parsonage allowance or a tax-exempt military allowance, your expenses for mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible under the normal rules. File 1040x No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. File 1040x   If your housing is provided free of charge and the value of the housing is tax exempt, you cannot deduct the rental value of any portion of the housing. File 1040x Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. File 1040x The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. File 1040x Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. File 1040x The percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. File 1040x Table 1. File 1040x Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. File 1040x Deductible in full. File 1040x *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. File 1040x Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. File 1040x See Daycare Facility , later. File 1040x Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. File 1040x Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. File 1040x   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. File 1040x Not deductible. File 1040x   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. File 1040x   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. File 1040x Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. File 1040x Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. File 1040x If you qualify to deduct business use of the home expenses, use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. File 1040x These expenses include the following. File 1040x Real estate taxes. File 1040x Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. File 1040x Deductible mortgage interest. File 1040x Casualty losses. File 1040x Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. File 1040x You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. File 1040x These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. File 1040x Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). File 1040x Insurance. File 1040x Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. File 1040x Repairs. File 1040x Security system. File 1040x Utilities and services. File 1040x Real estate taxes. File 1040x   To figure the business part of your real estate taxes, multiply the real estate taxes paid by the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. File 1040x Deductible mortgage interest. File 1040x   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. File 1040x If your total mortgage debt is more than $1,000,000 or your home equity debt is more than $100,000, your deduction may be limited. File 1040x For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. File 1040x Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. File 1040x   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. File 1040x If your adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), your deduction may be limited. File 1040x For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). File 1040x Casualty losses. File 1040x    If you have a casualty loss on your home that you use for business, treat the casualty loss as a direct expense, an indirect expense, or an unrelated expense, depending on the property affected. File 1040x A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. File 1040x Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. File 1040x An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. File 1040x Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. File 1040x An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. File 1040x Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. File 1040x Example. File 1040x You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. File 1040x A storm damages your roof. File 1040x This is an indirect expense as the roof is part of the whole house and is considered to be used both for business and personal purposes. File 1040x You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. File 1040x You complete both section A (Personal Use Property) and section B (Business and Income-Producing Property) as your home is used both for business and personal purposes. File 1040x Since you use 90% of your home for personal purposes, use 90% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Form 4684. File 1040x Since you use 10% of your home for business purposes, use 10% of the cost or adjusted basis of your home, insurance or other reimbursement, and fair market value, both before and after the storm, to figure the amounts to enter on lines 20, 21, 23, and 24 of Form 4684. File 1040x Forms and worksheets to use. File 1040x   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. File 1040x If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. File 1040x You will also need to get Form 4684. File 1040x More information. File 1040x   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. File 1040x Insurance. File 1040x   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. File 1040x However, if your insurance premium gives you coverage for a period that extends past the end of your tax year, you can deduct only the business percentage of the part of the premium that gives you coverage for your tax year. File 1040x You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. File 1040x Rent. File 1040x   If you rent the home you occupy and meet the requirements for business use of the home, you can deduct part of the rent you pay. File 1040x To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. File 1040x However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. File 1040x Repairs. File 1040x   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. File 1040x For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. File 1040x If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. File 1040x   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. File 1040x Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. File 1040x However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. File 1040x See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. File 1040x Security system. File 1040x   If you install a security system that protects all the doors and windows in your home, you can deduct the business part of the expenses you incur to maintain and monitor the system. File 1040x You also can take a depreciation deduction for the part of the cost of the security system relating to the business use of your home. File 1040x Utilities and services. File 1040x   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. File 1040x However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. File 1040x Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x Telephone. File 1040x   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. File 1040x e. File 1040x , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. File 1040x However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for business, are deductible business expenses. File 1040x Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. File 1040x Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. File 1040x For example, if you file Schedule C (Form 1040), deduct these expenses on line 25, Utilities (instead of line 30, Expenses for business use of your home). File 1040x Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. File 1040x Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. File 1040x You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. File 1040x You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. File 1040x Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. File 1040x The month and year you started using your home for business. File 1040x The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. File 1040x The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. File 1040x The percentage of your home used for business. File 1040x See Business Percentage , later. File 1040x Adjusted basis defined. File 1040x   The adjusted basis of your home is generally its cost, plus the cost of any permanent improvements you made to it, minus any casualty losses or depreciation deducted in earlier tax years. File 1040x For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. File 1040x Permanent improvements. File 1040x   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. File 1040x Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. File 1040x    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. File 1040x See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. File 1040x You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. File 1040x These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. File 1040x However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. File 1040x Example. File 1040x You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. File 1040x You patch the plaster on the ceilings and walls, paint, repair the floor, install an outside door, and install new wiring, plumbing, and other equipment. File 1040x Normally, the patching, painting, and floor work are repairs and the other expenses are permanent improvements. File 1040x However, because the work gives your property a new use, the entire remodeling job is a permanent improvement and its cost is added to the basis of the property. File 1040x You cannot deduct any portion of it as a repair expense. File 1040x Adjusting for depreciation deducted in earlier years. File 1040x   Decrease the basis of your property by the depreciation you deducted, or could have deducted, on your tax returns under the method of depreciation you properly selected. File 1040x If you deducted less depreciation than you could have under the method you selected, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted under that method. File 1040x If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. File 1040x   If you deducted more depreciation than you should have, decrease your basis by the amount you should have deducted, plus the part of the excess depreciation you deducted that actually decreased your tax liability for any year. File 1040x   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. File 1040x Fair market value defined. File 1040x   The fair market value of your home is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all necessary facts. File 1040x Sales of similar property, on or about the date you begin using your home for business, may be helpful in determining the property's fair market value. File 1040x Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. File 1040x   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. File 1040x   If you began using your home for business for the first time in 2013, depreciate the business part as nonresidential real property under the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS). File 1040x Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. File 1040x For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. File 1040x   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). File 1040x The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. File 1040x The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. File 1040x The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. File 1040x Depreciation table. File 1040x   If 2013 was the first year you used your home for business, you can figure your 2013 depreciation for the business part of your home by using the appropriate percentage from the following table. File 1040x Table 2. File 1040x MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. File 1040x 461% 2 2. File 1040x 247% 3 2. File 1040x 033% 4 1. File 1040x 819% 5 1. File 1040x 605% 6 1. File 1040x 391% 7 1. File 1040x 177% 8 0. File 1040x 963% 9 0. File 1040x 749% 10 0. File 1040x 535% 11 0. File 1040x 321% 12 0. File 1040x 107%   Multiply the depreciable basis of the business part of your home by the percentage from the table for the first month you use your home for business. File 1040x See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. File 1040x Example. File 1040x In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. File 1040x This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. File 1040x He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. File 1040x He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. File 1040x In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. File 1040x He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. File 1040x The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. File 1040x George files his return based on the calendar year. File 1040x May is the 5th month of his tax year. File 1040x He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. File 1040x 605% (. File 1040x 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. File 1040x His depreciation deduction is $147. File 1040x 66. File 1040x Depreciating permanent improvements. File 1040x   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. File 1040x Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. File 1040x The costs of improvements made after you begin using your home for business (that affect the business part of your home, such as a new roof) are depreciated separately. File 1040x Multiply the cost of the improvement by the business-use percentage and depreciate the result over the recovery period that would apply to your home if you began using it for business at the same time as the improvement. File 1040x For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. File 1040x For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. File 1040x For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. File 1040x Business Percentage To find the business percentage, compare the size of the part of your home that you use for business to your whole house. File 1040x Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. File 1040x You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. File 1040x The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. File 1040x Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. File 1040x If the rooms in your home are all about the same size, you can divide the number of rooms used for business by the total number of rooms in your home. File 1040x Example 1. File 1040x Your office is 240 square feet (12 feet × 20 feet). File 1040x Your home is 1,200 square feet. File 1040x Your office is 20% (240 ÷ 1,200) of the total area of your home. File 1040x Your business percentage is 20%. File 1040x Example 2. File 1040x You use one room in your home for business. File 1040x Your home has 10 rooms, all about equal size. File 1040x Your office is 10% (1 ÷ 10) of the total area of your home. File 1040x Your business percentage is 10%. File 1040x Use lines 1-7 of Form 8829, or lines 1-3 on the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home (near the end of this publication) to figure your business percentage. File 1040x Deduction Limit If your gross income from the business use of your home equals or exceeds your total business expenses (including depreciation), you can deduct all your business expenses related to the use of your home. File 1040x If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your total business expenses, your deduction for certain expenses for the business use of your home is limited. File 1040x Your deduction of otherwise nondeductible expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and depreciation of your home (with depreciation of your home taken last), that are allocable to the business, is limited to the gross income from the business use of your home minus the sum of the following. File 1040x The business part of expenses you could deduct even if you did not use your home for business (such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty and theft losses that are allowable as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040)). File 1040x These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. File 1040x The business expenses that relate to the business activity in the home (for example, business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment), but not to the use of the home itself. File 1040x If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. File 1040x Carryover of unallowed expenses. File 1040x   If your deductions are greater than the current year's limit, you can carry over the excess to the next year in which you use actual expenses. File 1040x They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. File 1040x Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. File 1040x   If you are an employee or a partner, or you file Schedule F (Form 1040), use the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home, near the end of this publication. File 1040x If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. File 1040x Example. File 1040x You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. File 1040x You use 20% of your home for business. File 1040x In 2013, your business expenses and the expenses for the business use of your home are deducted from your gross income in the following order. File 1040x    Gross income from business $6,000 Minus:   Deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes (20%) 3,000 Business expenses not related to the use of your home (100%) (business phone, supplies, and depreciation on equipment) 2,000 Deduction limit $1,000 Minus other expenses allocable to business use of home:   Maintenance, insurance, and utilities (20%) 800 Depreciation allowed (20% = $1,600 allowable, but subject to balance of deduction limit) 200 Other expenses up to the deduction limit $1,000 Depreciation carryover to 2014 ($1,600 − $200) (subject to deduction limit in 2014) $1,400   You can deduct all of the business part of your deductible mortgage interest and real estate taxes ($3,000). File 1040x You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). File 1040x Additionally, you can deduct all of the business part of your expenses for maintenance, insurance, and utilities, because the total ($800) is less than the $1,000 deduction limit. File 1040x Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. File 1040x You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. File 1040x More than one place of business. File 1040x   If part of the gross income from your trade or business is from the business use of part of your home and part is from a place other than your home, you must determine the part of your gross income from the business use of your home before you figure the deduction limit. File 1040x In making this determination, consider the time you spend at each location, the business investment in each location, and any other relevant facts and circumstances. File 1040x If your home office qualifies as your principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. File 1040x For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. File 1040x Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. File 1040x In most cases, you will figure your deduction by multiplying $5, the prescribed rate, by the area of your home used for a qualified business use. File 1040x The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. File 1040x See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. File 1040x For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. File 1040x R. File 1040x B. File 1040x 478, available at www. File 1040x irs. File 1040x gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. File 1040x html. File 1040x Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. File 1040x   If you elect to use the simplified method, you cannot deduct any actual expenses for the business except for business expenses that are not related to the use of the home. File 1040x You also cannot deduct any depreciation (including any additional first-year depreciation) or section 179 expense for the portion of the home that is used for a qualified business use. File 1040x The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. File 1040x If you figure your deduction for business use of the home using actual expenses in a subsequent year, you will have to use the appropriate optional depreciation table for MACRS to figure your depreciation. File 1040x More information. File 1040x   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. File 1040x R. File 1040x B. File 1040x 478, available at www. File 1040x irs. File 1040x gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. File 1040x html. File 1040x See Publication 946 for the optional depreciation tables Although you cannot deduct any depreciation or section 179 expense for the portion of your home used for a qualified business use, you may still claim depreciation or the section 179 expense deduction on other assets used in the business (for example, furniture and equipment). File 1040x Expenses deductible without regard to business use. File 1040x   When using the simplified method, treat as personal expenses those business expenses related to the use of the home that are deductible without regard to whether there is a qualified business use of the home. File 1040x These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. File 1040x See Where To Deduct , later. File 1040x If you also rent part of your home, you must still allocate these expenses between rental use and personal use (for this purpose, personal use includes business use reported using the simplified method). File 1040x No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. File 1040x   If you used actual expenses to figure your deduction for business use of the home in a prior year and your deduction was limited, you cannot deduct the disallowed amount carried over from the prior year during a year you figure your deduction using the simplified method. File 1040x Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. File 1040x Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. File 1040x Make the election for a home by using the simplified method to figure the deduction for the qualified business use of that home on a timely filed, original federal income tax return. File 1040x An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. File 1040x A change from using the simplified method in one year to actual expenses in a succeeding taxable year, or vice-versa, is not a change in method of accounting and does not require the consent of the Commissioner. File 1040x Shared use. File 1040x   If you share your home with someone else who also uses the home in a business that qualifies for this deduction, each of you make your own election. File 1040x More than one qualified business use. File 1040x   If you conduct more than one business that qualifies for this deduction in your home, your election to use the simplified method applies to all your qualified business uses of that home. File 1040x More than one home. File 1040x   If you used more than one home during the year (for example, you moved during the year), you can elect to use the simplified method for only one of the homes. File 1040x You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. File 1040x Simplified Amount Your deduction for the qualified business use of a home is the sum of each amount you figure for a separate qualified business use of your home. File 1040x To figure your deduction for the business use of a home using the simplified method, you will need to know the following information for each qualified business use of the home. File 1040x The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. File 1040x If you did not conduct the business for the entire year in the home or the area changed during the year, you will need to know the allowable area you used and the number of days you conducted the business for each month. File 1040x The gross income from the business use of your home. File 1040x The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. File 1040x If the qualified business use is for a daycare facility that uses space in your home on a regular (but not exclusive) basis, you will also need to know the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. File 1040x To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. File 1040x Multiply the allowable area by $5 (or less than $5 if the qualified business use is for a daycare that uses space in your home on a regular, but not exclusive, basis). File 1040x See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. File 1040x Subtract the expenses from the business that are not related to the use of the home from the gross income related to the business use of the home. File 1040x If these expenses are greater than the gross income from the business use of the home, then you cannot take a deduction for this business use of the home. File 1040x See Gross income limitation , later. File 1040x Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). File 1040x This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. File 1040x If you are an employee or a partner, or you use your home in your farming business and file Schedule F (Form 1040), you can use the Simplified Method Worksheet, near the end of this publication, to help you figure your deduction. File 1040x If you use your home in a trade or business and you file Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C to figure your deduction. File 1040x Allowable area. File 1040x   In most cases, the allowable area is the smaller of the actual area (in square feet) of your home used in conducting the business and 300 square feet. File 1040x Your allowable area may be smaller if you conducted the business as a qualified joint venture with your spouse, the area used by the business was shared with another qualified business use, you used the home for the business for only part of the year, or the area used by the business changed during the year. File 1040x You can use the Area Adjustment Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure your allowable area for a qualified business use. File 1040x Area used by a qualified joint venture. File 1040x   If the qualified business use of the home is also a qualified joint venture, you and your spouse will figure the deduction for the business use separately. File 1040x Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. File 1040x Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. File 1040x For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. File 1040x Shared use. File 1040x   If you share your home with someone else who uses the home to conduct business that also qualifies for this deduction, you may not include the same square feet to figure your deduction as the other person. File 1040x You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. File 1040x Example. File 1040x Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. File 1040x Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. File 1040x Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. File 1040x The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. File 1040x In addition to the portion that they do not share, Kristin and Lindsey can both claim 50 of the 100 square feet or divide the 100 square feet between them in any reasonable manner. File 1040x If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. File 1040x More than one qualified business use. File 1040x   If you conduct more than one business qualifying for the deduction, you are limited to a maximum of 300 square feet for all of the businesses. File 1040x Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. File 1040x However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. File 1040x Rental use. File 1040x   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. File 1040x A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. File 1040x If the rental use and a qualified business use share the same area, you will have to allocate the actual area used between the two uses. File 1040x You cannot use the same area to figure a deduction for the qualified business use as you are using to figure the deduction for the rental use. File 1040x Part-year use or area changes. File 1040x   If your qualified business use was for a portion of the taxable year (for example, a seasonal business or a business that begins during the taxable year) or you changed the square footage of your qualified business use, your deduction is limited to the average monthly allowable square footage. File 1040x You calculate the average monthly allowable square footage by adding the amount of allowable square feet you used in each month and dividing the sum by 12. File 1040x When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. File 1040x Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. File 1040x Example 1. File 1040x Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. File 1040x On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. File 1040x He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. File 1040x His average monthly allowable square footage is 125 square feet, which is figured using 300 square feet for each month August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). File 1040x Example 2. File 1040x Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. File 1040x On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. File 1040x On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. File 1040x Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. File 1040x Her average monthly allowable square footage is 150 square feet, which is figured using 100 square feet for May through July and 300 square feet for August through December divided by the number of months in the taxable year ((0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 100 + 100 +100 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 + 300)/12). File 1040x Gross income limitation. File 1040x   Your deduction for business use of the home is limited to an amount equal to the gross income derived from the qualified business use of the home reduced by the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home. File 1040x If the business deductions that are unrelated to the use of your home are greater than the gross income derived from the qualified business use of your home, then you cannot take a deduction for this qualified business use of your home. File 1040x Business expenses not related to use of the home. File 1040x   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. File 1040x You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. File 1040x See Where To Deduct , later. File 1040x Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. File 1040x Space used regularly for daycare. File 1040x   If you do not use the area of your home exclusively for daycare, you must reduce the prescribed rate (maximum $5 per square foot) before figuring your deduction. File 1040x The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. File 1040x The numerator of the fraction is the number of hours that the space was used during the year for daycare and the denominator is the total number of hours during the year that the space was available for all uses. File 1040x You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. File 1040x    If you used at least 300 square feet for daycare regularly and exclusively during the year, then you do not need to reduce the prescribed rate or complete the Daycare Facility Worksheet. File 1040x Daycare Facility If you use space in your home on a regular basis for providing daycare, you may be able to claim a deduction for that part of your home even if you use the same space for nonbusiness purposes. File 1040x To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. File 1040x You must be in the trade or business of providing daycare for children, persons age 65 or older, or persons who are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves. File 1040x You must have applied for, been granted, or be exempt from having, a license, certification, registration, or approval as a daycare center or as a family or group daycare home under state law. File 1040x You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. File 1040x Figuring the deduction. File 1040x   If you elect to use the simplified method for your home, figure your deduction as described earlier in Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction. File 1040x    If you are figuring your deduction using actual expenses and you regularly use part of your home for daycare, figure what part is used for daycare, as explained in Business Percentage , earlier, under Figuring the Deduction. File 1040x If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. File 1040x   If the use of part of your home as a daycare facility is regular, but not exclusive, you must figure the percentage of time that part of your home is used for daycare. File 1040x A room that is available for use throughout each business day and that you regularly use in your business is considered to be used for daycare throughout each business day. File 1040x You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. File 1040x You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. File 1040x However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. File 1040x To find the percentage of time you actually use your home for business, compare the total time used for business to the total time that part of your home can be used for all purposes. File 1040x You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). File 1040x Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). File 1040x If you started or stopped using your home for daycare in 2013, you must prorate the number of hours based on the number of days the home was available for daycare. File 1040x Example 1. File 1040x Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. File 1040x She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. File 1040x Square footage of the basement Square footage of her home = 1,600 3,200 = 50%           She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year. File 1040x During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. File 1040x She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. File 1040x Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 50) Total number of hours in the year (24 x 365) = 3,000 8,760 = 34. File 1040x 25%           Mary can deduct 34. File 1040x 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. File 1040x However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. File 1040x 13% of the indirect expenses. File 1040x She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. File 1040x Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. File 1040x 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. File 1040x 13% Mary completes Form 8829, Part I, figuring the percentage of her home used for business, including the percentage of time the basement was used. File 1040x In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. File 1040x She uses the following information to complete Part II. File 1040x Gross income from her daycare business $50,000 Expenses not related to the business use of the home $25,000 Tentative profit $25,000 Rent $8,400 Utilities $850 Painting the basement $500 Mary enters her tentative profit, $25,000, on line 8. File 1040x (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. File 1040x Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). File 1040x She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). File 1040x For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. File 1040x Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. File 1040x The painting is a direct expense. File 1040x However, because she did not use the basement exclusively for daycare, she must multiply $500 by the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare (34. File 1040x 25% – line 6). File 1040x She enters $171 (34. File 1040x 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). File 1040x She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. File 1040x This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. File 1040x She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. File 1040x She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x Example 2. File 1040x Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary also has another room that was available each business day for children to take naps in. File 1040x Although she did not keep a record of the number of hours the room was actually used for naps, it was used for part of each business day. File 1040x Since the room was available for business use during regular operating hours each business day and was used regularly in the business, it is considered used for daycare throughout each business day. File 1040x The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. File 1040x In figuring her expenses, 34. File 1040x 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. File 1040x In addition, 20. File 1040x 55% (34. File 1040x 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. File 1040x Example 3. File 1040x Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. File 1040x She used the basement for daycare an average of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, but for only 25 weeks of the year. File 1040x During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. File 1040x She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. File 1040x Number of hours used for daycare (12 x 5 x 25) Total number of hours during period used (24 x 175) = 1,500 4,200 = 35. File 1040x 71%           Mary can deduct 35. File 1040x 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. File 1040x However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. File 1040x 86% of the indirect expenses. File 1040x She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. File 1040x Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. File 1040x 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. File 1040x 86% Meals. File 1040x   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. File 1040x Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. File 1040x You can deduct as a business expense 100% of the actual cost of food consumed by your daycare recipients (see Standard meal and snack rates , later, for an optional method for eligible children) and generally only 50% of the cost of food consumed by your employees. File 1040x However, you can deduct 100% of the cost of food consumed by your employees if its value can be excluded from their wages as a de minimis fringe benefit. File 1040x For more information on meals that meet these requirements, see Meals in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. File 1040x   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. File 1040x   Reimbursements you receive from a sponsor under the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the Department of Agriculture are taxable only to the extent they exceed your expenses for food for eligible children. File 1040x If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. File 1040x Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. File 1040x Standard meal and snack rates. File 1040x   If you qualify as a family daycare provider, you can use the standard meal and snack rates, instead of actual costs, to compute the deductible cost of meals and snacks provided to eligible children. File 1040x For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. File 1040x Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. File 1040x The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. File 1040x Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. File 1040x Eligible children do not include children who are full-time or part-time residents in the home where the childcare is provided or children whose parents or guardians are residents of the same home. File 1040x Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. File 1040x For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. File 1040x   You can compute the deductible cost of each meal and snack you actually purchased and served to an eligible child during the time period you provided family daycare using the standard meal and snack rates shown in Table 3, later. File 1040x You can use the standard meal and snack rates for a maximum of one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and three snacks per eligible child per day. File 1040x If you receive reimbursement for a particular meal or snack, you can deduct only the portion of the applicable standard meal or snack rate that is more than the amount of the reimbursement. File 1040x   You can use either the standard meal and snack rates or actual costs to calculate the deductible cost of food provided to eligible children in the family daycare for any particular tax year. File 1040x If you choose to use the standard meal and snack rates for a particular tax year, you must use the rates for all your deductible food costs for eligible children during that tax year. File 1040x However, if you use the standard meal and snack rates in any tax year, you can use actual costs to compute the deductible cost of food in any other tax year. File 1040x   If you use the standard meal and snack rates, you must maintain records to substantiate the computation of the total amount deducted for the cost of food provided to eligible children. File 1040x The records kept should include the name of each child, dates and hours of attendance in the daycare, and the type and quantity of meals and snacks served. File 1040x This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. File 1040x   The standard meal and snack rates include beverages, but do not include non-food supplies used for food preparation, service, or storage, such as containers, paper products, or utensils. File 1040x These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). File 1040x     Table 3. 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File 1040x Index A Additional Medicare Tax, What's New for 2013, What's New, Employment Taxes, Additional Medicare Tax. File 1040x Advertising, Advertising expenses. File 1040x Amortization Anti-abuse rule, Anti-abuse rule. File 1040x Anti-churning rules, Anti-Churning Rules Atmospheric pollution control facilities, Pollution Control Facilities Corporate organization costs, Costs of Organizing a Corporation Dispositions of section 197 intangibles, Disposition of Section 197 Intangibles Experimental costs, Research and Experimental Costs Geological and geophysical costs, Geological and Geophysical Costs How to deduct, How To Deduct Amortization Incorrect amount deducted, Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted Partnership organization costs, Costs of Organizing a Partnership Pollution control facilities, Pollution Control Facilities Reforestation costs, Reforestation Costs Reforestation expenses, Reforestation Costs Related person, Related person. File 1040x Research costs, Research and Experimental Costs Section 197 intangibles defined, Section 197 Intangibles Defined Start-up costs, Business Start-Up Costs Starting a businesscosts, Starting a Business Anticipated liabilities, Anticipated liabilities. File 1040x Assessments, local, Taxes for local benefits. File 1040x Assistance (see Tax help) At-risk limits, At-risk limits. File 1040x Attorney fees, Legal and professional fees. File 1040x Awards, Achievement awards. File 1040x , Length-of-service award. File 1040x , Safety achievement award. File 1040x B Bad debts Defined, Definition of Business Bad Debt How to treat, How To Claim a Business Bad Debt Recovery, Recovery of a Bad Debt Types of, Types of Business Bad Debts When worthless, When a Debt Becomes Worthless Bonuses Employee, Bonuses Royalties, Bonuses and advanced royalties. File 1040x Bribes, Bribes and kickbacks. File 1040x Business Assets, Business Assets Books and records, Business books and records, etc. File 1040x Meal expenses, Meals and Entertainment Use of car, Business use of your car. File 1040x , Car and truck expenses. File 1040x Use of home, Business use of your home. File 1040x C Campaign contribution, Political contributions. File 1040x Capital expenses, Capital Expenses, Capital versus Deductible Expenses Capitalization of interest, Capitalization of Interest Car allowance, Car allowance. File 1040x Car and truck expenses, Car and truck expenses. File 1040x Carrying charges, Carrying Charges Charitable contributions, Charitable contributions. File 1040x Circulation costs, newspapers and periodicals, Circulation Costs Club dues, Club dues and membership fees. File 1040x Comments on publication, Comments and suggestions. File 1040x Commitment fees, Commitment fees or standby charges. File 1040x Computer software, Computer software. File 1040x Constant-yield method, OID, Constant-yield method. File 1040x Contested liability, Contested liability. File 1040x Contributions Charitable, Charitable contributions. File 1040x Political, Political contributions. File 1040x Copyrights, Patents, copyrights, etc. File 1040x Cost depletion, Cost Depletion Cost of getting lease, Cost of Getting a Lease, Getting a Lease Cost of goods sold, Cost of Goods Sold Cost recovery, Cost recovery. File 1040x Covenant not to compete, Covenant not to compete. File 1040x Credit card convenience fees, Credit card convenience fees. File 1040x D De minimis OID, De minimis OID. File 1040x Debt-financed distributions, Debt-financed distribution. File 1040x Definitions Business bad debt, Definition of Business Bad Debt Necessary expense, What Can I Deduct? Ordinary expense, What Can I Deduct? Section 197 intangibles, Section 197 Intangibles Defined Demolition expenses, Demolition expenses or losses. File 1040x Depletion Mineral property, Mineral Property Oil and gas wells, Oil and Gas Wells Percentage table, Mines and other natural deposits. File 1040x Timber, Timber Who can claim, Who Can Claim Depletion? Depreciation (see Cost recovery) Development costs, miners, Development Costs Disabled, improvements for, Barrier Removal Costs Drilling and development costs, Intangible Drilling Costs Dues, membership, Club dues and membership fees. File 1040x E Economic interest, Who Can Claim Depletion? Economic performance, Economic performance. File 1040x Education expenses, Education Expenses, Education expenses. File 1040x Elderly, improvements for, Barrier Removal Costs Employee benefit programs, Employee benefit programs. File 1040x Employment taxes, Employment Taxes Entertainment, Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment Excise taxes, Excise taxes. File 1040x Experimentation costs, Research and Experimental Costs, Research and Experimental Costs Exploration costs, Exploration Costs F Fees Commitment, Commitment fees or standby charges. File 1040x Legal and professional, Legal and professional fees. File 1040x Regulatory, Licenses and regulatory fees. File 1040x Tax return preparation, Tax preparation fees. File 1040x Fines, Penalties and fines. File 1040x Forgone, Forgone interest. File 1040x Forgone interest, Forgone interest. File 1040x Form 3115, Form 3115. File 1040x , Changing Your Accounting Method 4562, How To Deduct Amortization 5213, Using the presumption later. File 1040x 8826, Disabled access credit. File 1040x 8885, Health coverage tax credit. File 1040x T, Form T. File 1040x Franchise, Franchise, trademark, or trade name. File 1040x , Franchise, trademark, trade name. File 1040x Franchise taxes, Franchise taxes. File 1040x Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. File 1040x Fringe benefits, Fringe Benefits Fuel taxes, Fuel taxes. File 1040x G Gas wells, Natural Gas Wells Geological and geophysical costs Development, oil and gas, Geological and Geophysical Costs Exploration, oil and gas, Geological and Geophysical Costs Geothermal wells, Intangible Drilling Costs, Mines and Geothermal Deposits Gifts, nominal value, Gifts of nominal value. File 1040x Going into business, Going Into Business, Starting a Business Goodwill, Goodwill. File 1040x Gross income, not-for-profit activity, Gross Income H Health insurance, deduction for self-employed, Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Heating equipment, Heating equipment. File 1040x Help (see Tax help) Home, business use of, Business use of your home. File 1040x I Impairment-related expenses, Impairment-related expenses. File 1040x Improvements, Improvements By lessee, Improvements by Lessee For disabled and elderly, Barrier Removal Costs Income taxes, Income Taxes Incorrect amount of amortization deducted, Incorrect Amount of Amortization Deducted Insurance Capitalized premiums, Capitalized Premiums Deductible premiums, Deductible Premiums Nondeductible premiums, Nondeductible Premiums Self-employed individuals, Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Intangible drilling costs, Intangible Drilling Costs Intangibles, amortization, Section 197 Intangibles Interest, Forgone interest. File 1040x Allocation of, Allocation of Interest Below-market, Below-Market Loans Business expense for, Interest Capitalized, Capitalized interest. File 1040x , Capitalization of Interest Carrying charge, Carrying Charges Deductible, Interest You Can Deduct Life insurance policies, Interest on loans with respect to life insurance policies. File 1040x Not deductible, Interest You Cannot Deduct Refunds of, Refunds of interest. File 1040x When to deduct, When To Deduct Interest Internet-related expenses, Internet-related expenses. File 1040x Interview expenses, Interview expense allowances. File 1040x K Key person, Who is a key person? Kickbacks, Bribes and kickbacks. File 1040x L Leases Canceling, Canceling a lease. File 1040x Cost of getting, Cost of Getting a Lease, Getting a Lease Improvements by lessee, Improvements by Lessee Leveraged, Leveraged leases. File 1040x Mineral, Bonuses and advanced royalties. File 1040x Oil and gas, Bonuses and advanced royalties. File 1040x Sales distinguished, Lease or purchase. File 1040x Taxes on, Taxes on Leased Property Legal and professional fees, Legal and professional fees. File 1040x Licenses, Government-granted license, permit, etc. File 1040x , Licenses and regulatory fees. File 1040x Life insurance coverage, Life insurance coverage. File 1040x Limit on deductions, Not-for-Profit Activities Line of credit, Line of credit (continuous borrowings). File 1040x Loans Below-market interestrate, Below-Market Loans Discounted, Discounted loan. File 1040x Loans or Advances, Loans or Advances Lobbying expenses, Lobbying expenses. File 1040x Long-term care insurance, Qualified long-term care insurance. File 1040x Losses, Limits on losses. File 1040x , Not-for-Profit Activities At-risk limits, At-risk limits. File 1040x Net operating, Net operating loss. File 1040x Passive activities, Passive activities. File 1040x M Machinery parts, Machinery parts. File 1040x Meals, Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment Meals and entertainment, Meals and Entertainment Meals and lodging, Meals and lodging. File 1040x Methods of accounting, When Can I Deduct an Expense? Mining Depletion, Mines and Geothermal Deposits Development costs, Development Costs Exploration costs, Exploration Costs Mortgage, Mortgage. File 1040x , Expenses paid to obtain a mortgage. File 1040x Moving expenses, machinery, Moving machinery. File 1040x N Natural gas, Natural Gas Wells Nonqualifying intangibles, Assets That Are Not Section 197 Intangibles Not-for-profit activities, Not-for-Profit Activities Not-for-profit activity, gross income, Gross Income O Office in home, Business use of your home. File 1040x Oil and gas wells Depletion, Oil and Gas Wells Drilling costs, Intangible Drilling Costs Partnerships, Partnerships and S Corporations S corporations, Partnerships and S Corporations Optional safe harbor method, Optional safe harbor method. File 1040x Optional write-off method Circulation costs, Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Experimental costs, Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Intangible drilling and development costs, Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Mining exploration and development costs, Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Research costs, Optional Write-off of Certain Tax Preferences Organization costs Corporate, Costs of Organizing a Corporation Partnership, Costs of Organizing a Partnership Organizational costs, Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs Original issue discount, Original issue discount (OID). File 1040x Outplacement services, Outplacement services. File 1040x P Passive activities, Passive activities. File 1040x Payments in kind, Payments in kind. File 1040x Penalties, Prepayment penalty. File 1040x Deductible, Penalties and fines. File 1040x Nondeductible, Penalties and fines. File 1040x Prepayment, Prepayment penalty. File 1040x Per diem and car allowances, Per Diem and Car Allowances Percentage depletion, Percentage Depletion Personal property tax, Personal property tax. File 1040x Political contributions, Political contributions. File 1040x Pollution control facilities, Pollution Control Facilities Prepaid expense, Prepayment. File 1040x Extends useful life, Prepayment. File 1040x Interest, Prepaid interest. File 1040x , Prepaid interest. File 1040x Rent, Rent paid in advance. File 1040x Prepayment penalty, Prepayment penalty. File 1040x Presumption of profit, Not-for-Profit Activities Publications (see Tax help) R Real estate taxes, Real Estate Taxes Recapture Exploration expenses, Recapture of exploration expenses. File 1040x Timber property, Recapture. File 1040x Recordkeeping, Partnerships and S Corporations Recovery of amount deducted, Recovery of amount deducted (tax benefit rule). File 1040x Refiners who cannot claim percentage depletion, Refiners who cannot claim percentage depletion. File 1040x Reforestation costs, Reforestation Costs, Reforestation Costs Regulatory fees, Licenses and regulatory fees. File 1040x Reimbursements, Reimbursements Business expenses, Reimbursements for Business Expenses Mileage, Per Diem and Car Allowances Nonaccountable plan, Nonaccountable Plans Per diem , Per Diem and Car Allowances Related persons Anti-churning rules, Related person. File 1040x Coal or iron ore, Disposal to related person. File 1040x Payments to, Related person. File 1040x , Related person. File 1040x Refiners, Related person. File 1040x Unreasonable rent, Unreasonable rent. File 1040x Removal, Retired Asset Removal Costs, Barrier Removal Costs Rent expense, capitalizing, Capitalizing Rent Expenses Repairs, Repairs. File 1040x Repayments (claim of right), Repayments. File 1040x Research costs, Research and Experimental Costs, Research and Experimental Costs Retiree drug subsidy, What's New for 2013, What's New S Sales taxes, Sales tax. File 1040x Section 179 expense deduction (see Cost recovery) Self-employed health insurance deduction, Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Self-employment tax, Self-employment tax. File 1040x Self-insurance, reserve for, Nondeductible Premiums Sick pay, Sick and Vacation Pay Standard meal allowance, Standard meal allowance. File 1040x Standard mileage rate, Car allowance. File 1040x (see Business use of your car) Standby charges, Commitment fees or standby charges. File 1040x Start-up costs, Business Start-Up and Organizational Costs, Business Start-Up Costs Subscriptions, Subscriptions. File 1040x Suggestions for publication, Comments and suggestions. File 1040x Supplies and materials, Supplies and materials. File 1040x T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax preparation fees, Tax preparation fees. File 1040x Taxes, Taxes on Leased Property Carrying charge, Carrying Charges Employment, Employment Taxes Excise, Excise taxes. File 1040x Franchise, Franchise taxes. File 1040x Fuel, Fuel taxes. File 1040x Income, Income Taxes Leased property, Taxes on Leased Property Personal property, Personal property tax. File 1040x Real estate, Real Estate Taxes Sales, Sales tax. File 1040x Unemployment fund, Unemployment fund taxes. File 1040x Telephone, Telephone. File 1040x Timber, Reforestation Costs, Timber Tools, Tools. File 1040x Trademark, trade name, Franchise, trademark, or trade name. File 1040x , Franchise, trademark, trade name. File 1040x Travel, Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unemployment fund taxes, Unemployment fund taxes. File 1040x Unpaid expenses, related person, Related person. File 1040x Utilities, Utilities. File 1040x V Vacation pay, Sick and Vacation Pay W Wages Property, Property Tests for deducting pay, Tests for Deducting Pay Welfare benefit funds, Welfare benefit funds. File 1040x Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications