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Ez form Index A Adjusted basis: Adoption tax benefits, Adoption Tax Benefits Assessment for local improvements, Assessments for Local Improvements Canceled debt, Canceled Debt Excluded From Income Casualty and theft losses, Casualties and Thefts Credit for qualified electric vehicles, Vehicle Credits Decreases to, Decreases to Basis Depreciation, Depreciation Easements, Easements Employer-provided child care, Employer-Provided Child Care Example, Adjustments to Basis Example Gain from sale of home, Postponed Gain From Sale of Home Gas-guzzler tax, Gas-Guzzler Tax Increases to, Increases to Basis Section 179 deduction, Section 179 Deduction Subsidies for energy conservation, Exclusion of Subsidies for Energy Conservation Measures Adoption tax benefits, Adoption Tax Benefits Allocating basis, Allocating the Basis Assistance (see Tax help) Assumption of mortgage, Assumption of mortgage. Ez form B Business acquired, Trade or Business Acquired Business assets, Business Assets Businesses exchanged, Exchange of business property. Ez form C Canceled debt, Canceled Debt Excluded From Income Casualty and theft losses, Casualties and Thefts Change to business use, Property Changed to Business or Rental Use Community property, Community Property Constructing assets, Constructing assets. Ez form Copyrights, Copyrights. Ez form Cost basis: Allocating basis, Allocating the Basis Assumption of mortgage, Assumption of mortgage. Ez form Capitalized costs, Activities subject to the rules. Ez form , Deducting vs. Ez form Capitalizing Costs Loans, low or no interest, Loans with low or no interest. Ez form Real estate taxes, Real estate taxes. Ez form Real property, Real Property Settlement costs (fees), Settlement costs. Ez form D Decreases to basis, Decreases to Basis Demolition of building, Demolition of building. Ez form Depreciation, Depreciation E Easements, Easements Employer-provided child care, Employer-Provided Child Care Exchanges: Involuntary, Involuntary Conversions Like-kind, Like-Kind Exchanges Nontaxable, Nontaxable Exchanges Partial business use of property, Partial Business Use of Property Taxable, Taxable Exchanges F Fair market value, Fair market value (FMV). Ez form Franchises, Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. Ez form Free tax services, How To Get Tax Help G Gain from sale of home, Postponed Gain From Sale of Home Gifts, property received, Property Received as a Gift Group of assets acquired, Group of Assets Acquired H Help (see Tax help) I Inherited property, Inherited Property Intangible assets, Intangible Assets Involuntary exchanges, Involuntary Conversions L Land and buildings, Land and Buildings Loans, low or no interest, Loans with low or no interest. Ez form M More information (see Tax help) N Nontaxable exchanges: Like-kind, Like-Kind Exchanges Partial, Partially Nontaxable Exchange P Partially nontaxable exchanges, Partially Nontaxable Exchange Patents, Patents. Ez form Points, Points. Ez form Property changed to business use, Property Changed to Business or Rental Use Property received as a gift, Property Received as a Gift Property received for services: Bargain purchases, Bargain Purchases Fair market value, Property Received for Services Restricted property, Restricted Property Property transferred from a spouse, Property Transferred From a Spouse Publications (see Tax help) R Real estate taxes, Real estate taxes. Ez form Real property, Real Property S Settlement costs (fees), Settlement costs. Ez form Special-use valuation, Special-use valuation. Ez form Spouse, property transferred from, Property Transferred From a Spouse Stocks and bonds, Stocks and Bonds Subdivided lots, Subdivided lots. Ez form T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Taxable exchanges, Taxable Exchanges Taxpayer Advocate, Contacting your Taxpayer Advocate. Ez form Trade or business acquired, Trade or Business Acquired Trademarks and trade  names, Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. Ez form Trading property (see Exchanges), Taxable Exchanges TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Uniform capitalization rules: Activities subject to the rules, Activities subject to the rules. Ez form Exceptions, Exceptions. Ez form Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications
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Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form However, you may be able to deduct expenses related to the business use of part of your home if you meet specific requirements. Ez form Even then, the deductible amount of these types of expenses may be limited. Ez form Use this section and Figure A, later, to decide if you can deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Ez form 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). Ez form Additional tests for employee use. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form If the use of the home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Ez form Exclusive Use To qualify under the exclusive use test, you must use a specific area of your home only for your trade or business. Ez form The area used for business can be a room or other separately identifiable space. Ez form The space does not need to be marked off by a permanent partition. Ez form 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. Ez form Example. Ez form You are an attorney and use a den in your home to write legal briefs and prepare clients' tax returns. Ez form Your family also uses the den for recreation. Ez form The den is not used exclusively in your trade or business, so you cannot claim a deduction for the business use of the den. Ez form Exceptions to Exclusive Use You do not have to meet the exclusive use test if either of the following applies. Ez form You use part of your home for the storage of inventory or product samples (discussed next). Ez form You use part of your home as a daycare facility, discussed later under Daycare Facility . Ez form Note. Ez form With the exception of these two uses, any portion of the home used for business purposes must meet the exclusive use test. Ez form Storage of inventory or product samples. Ez form    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. Ez form However, you must meet all the following tests. Ez form You sell products at wholesale or retail as your trade or business. Ez form You keep the inventory or product samples in your home for use in your trade or business. Ez form Your home is the only fixed location of your trade or business. Ez form You use the storage space on a regular basis. Ez form The space you use is a separately identifiable space suitable for storage. Ez form Example. Ez form Your home is the only fixed location of your business of selling mechanics' tools at retail. Ez form You regularly use half of your basement for storage of inventory and product samples. Ez form You sometimes use the area for personal purposes. Ez form The expenses for the storage space are deductible even though you do not use this part of your basement exclusively for business. Ez form Regular Use To qualify under the regular use test, you must use a specific area of your home for business on a regular basis. Ez form Incidental or occasional business use is not regular use. Ez form You must consider all facts and circumstances in determining whether your use is on a regular basis. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Example. Ez form 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. Ez form You do not make investments as a broker or dealer. Ez form So, your activities are not part of a trade or business and you cannot take a deduction for the business use of your home. Ez form Principal Place of Business You can have more than one business location, including your home, for a single trade or business. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if you meet the following requirements. Ez form You use it exclusively and regularly for administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Ez form You have no other fixed location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities of your trade or business. Ez form If, after considering your business locations, your home cannot be identified as your principal place of business, you cannot deduct home office expenses. Ez form 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. Ez form Administrative or management activities. Ez form   There are many activities that are administrative or managerial in nature. Ez form The following are a few examples. Ez form Billing customers, clients, or patients. Ez form Keeping books and records. Ez form Ordering supplies. Ez form Setting up appointments. Ez form Forwarding orders or writing reports. Ez form Administrative or management activities performed at other locations. Ez form   The following activities performed by you or others will not disqualify your home office from being your principal place of business. Ez form You have others conduct your administrative or management activities at locations other than your home. Ez form (For example, another company does your billing from its place of business. Ez form ) 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. Ez form You occasionally conduct minimal administrative or management activities at a fixed location outside your home. Ez form You conduct substantial nonadministrative or nonmanagement business activities at a fixed location outside your home. Ez form (For example, you meet with or provide services to customers, clients, or patients at a fixed location of the business outside your home. Ez form ) You have suitable space to conduct administrative or management activities outside your home, but choose to use your home office for those activities instead. Ez form Please click here for the text description of the image. Ez form Can you deduct business use of the home expenses? Example 1. Ez form John is a self-employed plumber. Ez form Most of John's time is spent at customers' homes and offices installing and repairing plumbing. Ez form 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. Ez form John writes up estimates and records of work completed at his customers' premises. Ez form He does not conduct any substantial administrative or management activities at any fixed location other than his home office. Ez form John does not do his own billing. Ez form He uses a local bookkeeping service to bill his customers. Ez form John's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Ez form 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. Ez form His choice to have his billing done by another company does not disqualify his home office from being his principal place of business. Ez form 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. Ez form Example 2. Ez form Pamela is a self-employed sales representative for several different product lines. Ez form 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. Ez form She occasionally writes up orders and sets up appointments from her hotel room when she is away on business overnight. Ez form Pamela's business is selling products to customers at various locations throughout her territory. Ez form To make these sales, she regularly visits customers to explain the available products and take orders. Ez form Pamela's home office qualifies as her principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Ez form She conducts administrative or management activities there and she has no other fixed location where she conducts substantial administrative or management activities. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Example 3. Ez form Paul is a self-employed anesthesiologist. Ez form He spends the majority of his time administering anesthesia and postoperative care in three local hospitals. Ez form One of the hospitals provides him with a small shared office where he could conduct administrative or management activities. Ez form Paul very rarely uses the office the hospital provides. Ez form He uses a room in his home that he has converted to an office. Ez form He uses this room exclusively and regularly to conduct all the following activities. Ez form Contacting patients, surgeons, and hospitals regarding scheduling. Ez form Preparing for treatments and presentations. Ez form Maintaining billing records and patient logs. Ez form Satisfying continuing medical education requirements. Ez form Reading medical journals and books. Ez form Paul's home office qualifies as his principal place of business for deducting expenses for its use. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Example 4. Ez form Kathleen is employed as a teacher. Ez form She is required to teach and meet with students at the school and to grade papers and tests. Ez form 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. Ez form The school does not require her to work at home. Ez form Kathleen prefers to use the office she has set up in her home and does not use the one provided by the school. Ez form She uses this home office exclusively and regularly for the administrative duties of her teaching job. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form More Than One Trade or Business The same home office can be the principal place of business for two or more separate business activities. Ez form 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. Ez form You must use the home office exclusively and regularly for one or more of the following purposes. Ez form As the principal place of business for one or more of your trades or businesses. Ez form 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. Ez form If your home office is a separate structure, in connection with one or more of your trades or businesses. Ez form You can use your home office for more than one business activity, but you cannot use it for any nonbusiness (i. Ez form e. Ez form , personal) activities. Ez form If you are an employee, any use of the home office in connection with your employment must be for the convenience of your employer. Ez form See Rental to employer , later, if you rent part of your home to your employer. Ez form Example. Ez form Tracy White is employed as a teacher. Ez form Her principal place of work is the school, which provides her office space to do her school work. Ez form She also has a mail order jewelry business. Ez form All her work in the jewelry business is done in her home office and the office is used exclusively for that business. Ez form If she meets all the other tests, she can deduct expenses for the business use of her home for the jewelry business. Ez form 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. Ez form As an employee, Tracy must also meet the convenience-of-the-employer test to qualify for the deduction. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form You physically meet with patients, clients, or customers on your premises. Ez form Their use of your home is substantial and integral to the conduct of your business. Ez form Doctors, dentists, attorneys, and other professionals who maintain offices in their homes generally will meet this requirement. Ez form Using your home for occasional meetings and telephone calls will not qualify you to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. Ez form 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. Ez form Example. Ez form June Quill, a self-employed attorney, works 3 days a week in her city office. Ez form She works 2 days a week in her home office used only for business. Ez form She regularly meets clients there. Ez form Her home office qualifies for a business deduction because she meets clients there in the normal course of her business. Ez form 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. Ez form The structure does not have to be your principal place of business or a place where you meet patients, clients, or customers. Ez form Example. Ez form John Berry operates a floral shop in town. Ez form He grows the plants for his shop in a greenhouse behind his home. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Electing to use the simplified method. Ez form   The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Ez form You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Ez form See Using the Simplified Method , later. Ez form Rental to employer. Ez form   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. Ez form You can deduct mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, real estate taxes, and personal casualty losses for the rented part, subject to any limitations. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form You will also need to figure the percentage of your home used for business and the limit on the deduction. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Part-year use. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form Expenses related to tax-exempt income. Ez form   Generally, you cannot deduct expenses that are related to tax-exempt allowances. Ez form 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. Ez form No deduction is allowed for other expenses related to the tax-exempt allowance. Ez form   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. Ez form Actual Expenses You must divide the expenses of operating your home between personal and business use. Ez form The part of a home operating expense you can use to figure your deduction depends on both of the following. Ez form Whether the expense is direct, indirect, or unrelated. Ez form The percentage of your home used for business. Ez form Table 1, next, describes the types of expenses you may have and the extent to which they are deductible. Ez form Table 1. Ez form Types of Expenses  Expense  Description  Deductibility Direct Expenses only for  the business part  of your home. Ez form Deductible in full. Ez form *   Examples:  Painting or repairs  only in the area  used for business. Ez form Exception: May be only partially  deductible in a daycare facility. Ez form See Daycare Facility , later. Ez form Indirect Expenses for  keeping up and running your  entire home. Ez form Deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. Ez form *   Examples:  Insurance, utilities, and  general repairs. Ez form   Unrelated Expenses only for  the parts of your  home not used  for business. Ez form Not deductible. Ez form   Examples:  Lawn care or painting  a room not used  for business. Ez form   *Subject to the deduction limit, discussed later. Ez form Form 8829 and the Worksheet To Figure the Deduction for Business Use of Your Home have separate columns for direct and indirect expenses. Ez form Certain expenses are deductible whether or not you use your home for business. Ez form 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. Ez form These expenses include the following. Ez form Real estate taxes. Ez form Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Ez form Deductible mortgage interest. Ez form Casualty losses. Ez form Other expenses are deductible only if you use your home for business. Ez form You can use the business percentage of these expenses to figure your total business use of the home deduction. Ez form These expenses generally include (but are not limited to) the following. Ez form Depreciation (covered under Depreciating Your Home , later). Ez form Insurance. Ez form Rent paid for the use of property you do not own but use in your trade or business. Ez form Repairs. Ez form Security system. Ez form Utilities and services. Ez form Real estate taxes. Ez form   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. Ez form   For more information on the deduction for real estate taxes, see Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Ez form Deductible mortgage interest. Ez form   To figure the business part of your deductible mortgage interest, multiply this interest by the percentage of your home used for business. Ez form You can include interest on a second mortgage in this computation. Ez form 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. Ez form For more information on what interest is deductible, see Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. Ez form Qualified mortgage insurance premiums. Ez form   To figure the business part of your qualified mortgage insurance premiums, multiply the premiums by the percentage of your home used for business. Ez form You can include premiums for insurance on a second mortgage in this computation. Ez form 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. Ez form For more information, see Publication 936, and Line 13 in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). Ez form Casualty losses. Ez form    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. Ez form A direct expense is the loss on the portion of the property you use only in your business. Ez form Use the entire loss to figure the business use of the home deduction. Ez form An indirect expense is the loss on property you use for both business and personal purposes. Ez form Use only the business portion to figure the deduction. Ez form An unrelated expense is the loss on property you do not use in your business. Ez form Do not use any of the loss to figure the deduction. Ez form Example. Ez form You meet the rules to take a deduction for an office in your home that is 10% of the total area of your house. Ez form A storm damages your roof. Ez form 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. Ez form You would complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Forms and worksheets to use. Ez form   If you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), get Form 8829 and follow the instructions for casualty losses. Ez form 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. Ez form You will also need to get Form 4684. Ez form More information. Ez form   For more information on casualty losses, see Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Ez form Insurance. Ez form   You can deduct the cost of insurance that covers the business part of your home. Ez form 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. Ez form You can deduct the business percentage of the part that applies to the following year in that year. Ez form Rent. Ez form   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. Ez form To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business. Ez form   If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. Ez form However, see Depreciating Your Home , later. Ez form Repairs. Ez form   The cost of repairs that relate to your business, including labor (other than your own labor), is a deductible expense. Ez form For example, a furnace repair benefits the entire home. Ez form If you use 10% of your home for business, you can deduct 10% of the cost of the furnace repair. Ez form   Repairs keep your home in good working order over its useful life. Ez form Examples of common repairs are patching walls and floors, painting, wallpapering, repairing roofs and gutters, and mending leaks. Ez form However, repairs are sometimes treated as a permanent improvement and are not deductible. Ez form See Permanent improvements , later, under Depreciating Your Home. Ez form Security system. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form Utilities and services. Ez form   Expenses for utilities and services, such as electricity, gas, trash removal, and cleaning services, are primarily personal expenses. Ez form However, if you use part of your home for business, you can deduct the business part of these expenses. Ez form Generally, the business percentage for utilities is the same as the percentage of your home used for business. Ez form Telephone. Ez form   The basic local telephone service charge, including taxes, for the first telephone line into your home (i. Ez form e. Ez form , landline) is a nondeductible personal expense. Ez form 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. Ez form Do not include these expenses as a cost of using your home for business. Ez form Deduct these charges separately on the appropriate form or schedule. Ez form 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). Ez form Depreciating Your Home If you own your home and qualify to deduct expenses for its business use, you can claim a deduction for depreciation. Ez form Depreciation is an allowance for the wear and tear on the part of your home used for business. Ez form You cannot depreciate the cost or value of the land. Ez form You recover its cost when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. Ez form Before you figure your depreciation deduction, you need to know the following information. Ez form The month and year you started using your home for business. Ez form The adjusted basis and fair market value of your home (excluding land) at the time you began using it for business. Ez form The cost of any improvements before and after you began using the property for business. Ez form The percentage of your home used for business. Ez form See Business Percentage , later. Ez form Adjusted basis defined. Ez form   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. Ez form For a discussion of adjusted basis, see Publication 551. Ez form Permanent improvements. Ez form   A permanent improvement increases the value of property, adds to its life, or gives it a new or different use. Ez form Examples of improvements are replacing electric wiring or plumbing, adding a new roof or addition, paneling, or remodeling. Ez form    You must carefully distinguish between repairs and improvements. Ez form See Repairs , earlier, under Actual Expenses. Ez form You also must keep accurate records of these expenses. Ez form These records will help you decide whether an expense is a deductible or a capital (added to the basis) expense. Ez form However, if you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home, the entire job is an improvement. Ez form Example. Ez form You buy an older home and fix up two rooms as a beauty salon. Ez form 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. Ez form Normally, the patching, painting, and floor work are repairs and the other expenses are permanent improvements. Ez form 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. Ez form You cannot deduct any portion of it as a repair expense. Ez form Adjusting for depreciation deducted in earlier years. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form If you did not deduct any depreciation, decrease the basis by the amount you could have deducted. Ez form   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. Ez form   If you deducted the incorrect amount of depreciation, see Publication 946. Ez form Fair market value defined. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form Figuring the depreciation deduction for the current year. Ez form   If you began using your home for business before 2013, continue to use the same depreciation method you used in past tax years. Ez form   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). Ez form Under MACRS, nonresidential real property is depreciated using the straight line method over 39 years. Ez form For more information on MACRS and other methods of depreciation, see Publication 946. Ez form   To figure the depreciation deduction, you must first figure the part of the cost of your home that can be depreciated (depreciable basis). Ez form The depreciable basis is figured by multiplying the percentage of your home used for business by the smaller of the following. Ez form The adjusted basis of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Ez form The fair market value of your home (excluding land) on the date you began using your home for business. Ez form Depreciation table. Ez form   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. Ez form Table 2. Ez form MACRS Percentage Table for 39-Year Nonresidential Real Property Month First Used for Business Percentage To Use 1 2. Ez form 461% 2 2. Ez form 247% 3 2. Ez form 033% 4 1. Ez form 819% 5 1. Ez form 605% 6 1. Ez form 391% 7 1. Ez form 177% 8 0. Ez form 963% 9 0. Ez form 749% 10 0. Ez form 535% 11 0. Ez form 321% 12 0. Ez form 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. Ez form See Publication 946 for the percentages for the remaining tax years of the recovery period. Ez form Example. Ez form In May, George Miller began to use one room in his home exclusively and regularly to meet clients. Ez form This room is 8% of the square footage of his home. Ez form He bought the home in 2003 for $125,000. Ez form He determined from his property tax records that his adjusted basis in the house (exclusive of land) is $115,000. Ez form In May, the house had a fair market value of $165,000. Ez form He multiplies his adjusted basis of $115,000 (which is less than the fair market value) by 8%. Ez form The result is $9,200, his depreciable basis for the business part of the house. Ez form George files his return based on the calendar year. Ez form May is the 5th month of his tax year. Ez form He multiplies his depreciable basis of $9,200 by 1. Ez form 605% (. Ez form 01605), the percentage from the table for the 5th month. Ez form His depreciation deduction is $147. Ez form 66. Ez form Depreciating permanent improvements. Ez form   Add the costs of permanent improvements made before you began using your home for business to the basis of your property. Ez form Depreciate these costs as part of the cost of your home as explained earlier. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form For improvements made this year, the recovery period is 39 years. Ez form For the percentage to use for the first year, see Table 2, earlier. Ez form For more information on recovery periods, see Publication 946. Ez form 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. Ez form Use the resulting percentage to figure the business part of the expenses for operating your entire home. Ez form You can use any reasonable method to determine the business percentage. Ez form The following are two commonly used methods for figuring the percentage. Ez form Divide the area (length multiplied by the width) used for business by the total area of your home. Ez form 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. Ez form Example 1. Ez form Your office is 240 square feet (12 feet × 20 feet). Ez form Your home is 1,200 square feet. Ez form Your office is 20% (240 ÷ 1,200) of the total area of your home. Ez form Your business percentage is 20%. Ez form Example 2. Ez form You use one room in your home for business. Ez form Your home has 10 rooms, all about equal size. Ez form Your office is 10% (1 ÷ 10) of the total area of your home. Ez form Your business percentage is 10%. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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)). Ez form These expenses are discussed in detail under Actual Expenses , earlier. Ez form 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. Ez form If you are self-employed, do not include in (2) above your deduction for one-half of your self-employment tax. Ez form Carryover of unallowed expenses. Ez form   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. Ez form They are subject to the deduction limit for that year, whether or not you live in the same home during that year. Ez form Figuring the deduction limit and carryover. Ez form   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. Ez form If you file Schedule C (Form 1040), figure your deduction limit and carryover on Form 8829. Ez form Example. Ez form You meet the requirements for deducting expenses for the business use of your home. Ez form You use 20% of your home for business. Ez form 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. Ez form    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). Ez form You also can deduct all of your business expenses not related to the use of your home ($2,000). Ez form 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. Ez form Your deduction for depreciation for the business use of your home is limited to $200 ($1,000 minus $800) because of the deduction limit. Ez form You can carry over the $1,400 balance and add it to your depreciation for 2014, subject to your deduction limit in 2014. Ez form More than one place of business. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form For more information on transportation costs, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Ez form Using the Simplified Method The simplified method is an alternative to the calculation, allocation, and substantiation of actual expenses. Ez form 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. Ez form The area you use to figure your deduction is limited to 300 square feet. Ez form See Simplified Amount , later, for information about figuring the amount of the deduction. Ez form For more information about the simplified method, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Ez form R. Ez form B. Ez form 478, available at www. Ez form irs. Ez form gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Ez form html. Ez form Actual expenses and depreciation of your home. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form The depreciation deduction allowable for that portion of the home is deemed to be zero for a year you use the simplified method. Ez form 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. Ez form More information. Ez form   For more information about claiming depreciation in a subsequent year, see Revenue Procedure 2013-13, 2013-06 I. Ez form R. Ez form B. Ez form 478, available at www. Ez form irs. Ez form gov/irb/2013-06_IRB/ar09. Ez form html. Ez form 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). Ez form Expenses deductible without regard to business use. Ez form   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. Ez form These expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses, subject to any limitations. Ez form See Where To Deduct , later. Ez form 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). Ez form No deduction of carryover of actual expenses. Ez form   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. Ez form Instead, you will continue to carry over the disallowed amount to the next year that you use actual expenses to figure your deduction. Ez form Electing the Simplified Method You choose whether or not to figure your deduction using the simplified method each taxable year. Ez form 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. Ez form An election for a taxable year, once made, is irrevocable. Ez form 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. Ez form Shared use. Ez form   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. Ez form More than one qualified business use. Ez form   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. Ez form More than one home. Ez form   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. Ez form You must figure the deduction for any other home using actual expenses. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form The allowable area of your home used in conducting the business. Ez form 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. Ez form The gross income from the business use of your home. Ez form The amount of the business expenses that are not related to the use of your home. Ez form 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. Ez form To figure the amount you can deduct for qualified business use of your home using the simplified method, follow these 3 steps. Ez form 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). Ez form See Allowable area and Space used regularly for daycare , later. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form See Gross income limitation , later. Ez form Take the smaller of the amounts from (1) and (2). Ez form This is the amount you can deduct for this qualified business use of your home using the simplified method. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Allowable area. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Area used by a qualified joint venture. Ez form   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. Ez form Split the actual area used in conducting business between you and your spouse in the same manner you split your other tax attributes. Ez form Then, each spouse will figure the allowable area separately. Ez form For more information about qualified joint ventures, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule C. Ez form Shared use. Ez form   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. Ez form You must allocate the shared space between you and the other person in a reasonable manner. Ez form Example. Ez form Kristin and Lindsey are roommates. Ez form Kristin uses 300 square feet of their home for a qualified business use. Ez form Lindsey uses 200 square feet of their home for a separate qualified business use. Ez form The qualified business uses share 100 square feet. Ez form 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. Ez form If divided evenly, Kristin could claim 250 square feet using the simplified method and Lindsey could claim 150 square feet. Ez form More than one qualified business use. Ez form   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. Ez form Allocate the actual square footage used (up to the maximum of 300 square feet) among your qualified business uses in a reasonable manner. Ez form However, do not allocate more square feet to a qualified business use than you actually use for that business. Ez form Rental use. Ez form   The simplified method does not apply to rental use. Ez form A rental use that qualifies for the deduction must be figured using actual expenses. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form Part-year use or area changes. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form When determining the average monthly allowable square footage, you cannot take more than 300 square feet into account for any one month. Ez form Additionally, if your qualified business use was less than 15 days in a month, you must use -0- for that month. Ez form Example 1. Ez form Andy files his federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Ez form On July 20, he began using 420 square feet of his home for a qualified business use. Ez form He continued to use the 420 square feet until the end of the year. Ez form 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). Ez form Example 2. Ez form Amy files her federal income tax return on a calendar year basis. Ez form On April 20, she began using 100 square feet of her home for a qualified business use. Ez form On August 5, she expanded the area of her qualified use to 330 square feet. Ez form Amy continued to use the 330 square feet until the end of the year. Ez form 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). Ez form Gross income limitation. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form Business expenses not related to use of the home. Ez form   These expenses relate to the business activity in the home, but not to the use of the home itself. Ez form You can still deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home. Ez form See Where To Deduct , later. Ez form Examples of business expenses that are unrelated to the use of the home are advertising, wages, supplies, dues, and depreciation for equipment. Ez form Space used regularly for daycare. Ez form   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. Ez form The reduced rate will equal the prescribed rate times a fraction. Ez form 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. Ez form You can use the Daycare Facility Worksheet (for simplified method), near the end of this publication, to help you figure the reduced rate. Ez form    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. Ez form 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. Ez form To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form You do not meet this requirement if your application was rejected or your license or other authorization was revoked. Ez form Figuring the deduction. Ez form   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. Ez form    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. Ez form If you also use that part exclusively for daycare, deduct all the allocable expenses, subject to the deduction limit, as explained earlier. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form You do not have to keep records to show the specific hours the area was used for business. Ez form You can use the area occasionally for personal reasons. Ez form However, a room you use only occasionally for business does not qualify for the deduction. Ez form 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. Ez form You can compare the hours of business use in a week with the number of hours in a week (168). Ez form Or you can compare the hours of business use for the year with the number of hours in the year (8,760 in 2013). Ez form 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. Ez form Example 1. Ez form Mary Lake used her basement to operate a daycare business for children. Ez form She figures the business percentage of the basement as follows. Ez form 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. Ez form During the other 12 hours a day, the family could use the basement. Ez form She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for daycare as follows. Ez form 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. Ez form 25%           Mary can deduct 34. Ez form 25% of any direct expenses for the basement. Ez form However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Ez form 13% of the indirect expenses. Ez form She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Ez form Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 34. Ez form 25% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Ez form 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. Ez form In Part II, Mary figures her deductible expenses. Ez form She uses the following information to complete Part II. Ez form 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. Ez form (This figure is the same as the amount on line 29 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form ) The expenses she paid for rent and utilities relate to her entire home. Ez form Therefore, she enters the amount paid for rent on line 18, column (b), and the amount paid for utilities on line 20, column (b). Ez form She shows the total of these expenses on line 22, column (b). Ez form For line 23, she multiplies the amount on line 22, column (b) by the percentage on line 7 and enters the result, $1,585. Ez form Mary paid $500 to have the basement painted. Ez form The painting is a direct expense. Ez form 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. Ez form 25% – line 6). Ez form She enters $171 (34. Ez form 25% × $500) on line 19, column (a). Ez form She adds line 22, column (a), and line 23 and enters $1,756 ($171 + $1,585) on line 25. Ez form This is less than her deduction limit (line 15), so she can deduct the entire amount. Ez form She follows the instructions to complete the rest of Part II and enters $1,756 on lines 33 and 35. Ez form She then carries the $1,756 to line 30 of her Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form Example 2. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form The basement and room are 60% of the total area of her home. Ez form In figuring her expenses, 34. Ez form 25% of any direct expenses for the basement and room are deductible. Ez form In addition, 20. Ez form 55% (34. Ez form 25% × 60%) of her indirect expenses are deductible. Ez form Example 3. Ez form Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that Mary stopped using her home for a daycare facility on June 24, 2013. Ez form 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. Ez form During the other 12 hours a day, the family could still use the basement. Ez form She figures the percentage of time the basement was used for business as follows. Ez form 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. Ez form 71%           Mary can deduct 35. Ez form 71% of any direct expenses for the basement. Ez form However, because her indirect expenses are for the entire house, she can deduct only 17. Ez form 86% of the indirect expenses. Ez form She figures the percentage for her indirect expenses as follows. Ez form Business percentage of the basement 50% Multiplied by: Percentage of time used for daycare × 35. Ez form 71% Percentage for indirect expenses 17. Ez form 86% Meals. Ez form   If you provide food for your daycare recipients, do not include the expense as a cost of using your home for business. Ez form Claim it as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form You can never deduct the cost of food consumed by you or your family. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form   If you deduct the actual cost of food for your daycare business, keep a separate record (with receipts) of your family's food costs. Ez form   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. Ez form If your reimbursements are more than your expenses for food, show the difference as income in Part I of Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form If your food expenses are greater than the reimbursements, show the difference as an expense in Part V of Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form Do not include payments or expenses for your own children if they are eligible for the program. Ez form Follow this procedure even if you receive a Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, reporting a payment from the sponsor. Ez form Standard meal and snack rates. Ez form   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. Ez form For these purposes: A family daycare provider is a person engaged in the business of providing family daycare. Ez form Family daycare is childcare provided to eligible children in the home of the family daycare provider. Ez form The care must be non-medical, not involve a transfer of legal custody, and generally last less than 24 hours each day. Ez form Eligible children are minor children receiving family daycare in the home of the family daycare provider. Ez form 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. Ez form Eligible children do not include children who receive daycare services for personal reasons of the provider. Ez form For example, if a provider provides daycare services for a relative as a favor to that relative, that child is not an eligible child. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form 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. Ez form   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. Ez form 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. Ez form This information can be recorded in a log similar to the one shown in Exhibit A, near the end of this publication. Ez form   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. Ez form These expenses can be claimed as a separate deduction on your Schedule C (Form 1040). Ez form     Table 3. Ez form Standard Meal and Snack Rates1 Location of Family Daycare Provider Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack States other than Alaska an