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Home Office Record-Keeping Simplified

The IRS is reducing the record-keeping required for the home-office deduction, effective for 2013. Taxpayers who qualify may use a new optional deduction calculated at $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet of an area in a home that is used regularly and exclusively for business. The deduction is capped at $1,500 a year.

Taxpayers opting for the simplified deduction cannot depreciate a portion of the home as they can under the other method. However, business expenses not related to the home, such as advertising, supplies, and employee wages, are still fully deductible.

This simplified option is available starting with the 2013 tax return which will be filed in 2014.

For assistance with this or other tax or accounting matters please contact us at 201-947-8081 or 646-688-2807, or email us at info@bergencountycpa.com.  We cater to NY and NJ tax preparation, if we can be of assistance to you in preparing any of your 2012 tax filings, please contact us.

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