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Legitimate Tax Deductions for Your Home Based Business


Ok, so you’ve heard that if you work from home, you can write off a bunch of stuff on your taxes? But what “stuff” is eligible? And what determines if you have a legitimate business that makes you some money and maybe gives you some perks?

Profit Motive - Run your endeavor with a reasonable expectation of profit. Have a written business plan—a 5-year projection of income and expenses that will show a profit at some point. Write a marketing plan (there are lots of templates available online) showing projected marketing activities. Work your business regularly. One or two hours a day several days a week qualifies you, and keep detailed records. If you go to training seminars or take online classes that you have paid for, provide documentation.

Expenses - Section 162(a) of IRC says all ordinary and necessary expenses paid in connection with a business are deductible. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in the taxpayer’s line of work. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for work. Here’s a list to get you started: advertising, deductible business gifts, , business use of home, entertainment (taking a client or potential client to lunch), travel (if you drive to do presentations or attend classes), insurance, interest on credit cards or loans, office supplies, percentage of telephone and computer costs.

Keep Adequate Records – Keep a calendar, account book, documentary evidence that will support each element of your expense. This would include receipts, canceled checks, bills. The IRS is a stickler for this type of documentation so be sure to keep good records.

IRS Publications – Business Use of Home (Pub. 587); Home Based Business Tax Avoidance Schemes (Pub. 4035); Business Expenses (Pub. 535

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