February 02, 2024 | Posted in:

Home Office Deductions for 2024

Work from home and want to know what expenses you can deduct?

If you’ve embraced the convenience of working from home, it’s important to explore the potential tax benefits associated with your remote setup. Understanding the eligibility criteria and deductible expenses can make a significant difference when it comes to maximizing your tax return.

  • It’s crucial to note that the tax benefit for home office expenses is generally applicable to business owners and not employees. So, if you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, or sole proprietor, you could potentially reap the rewards of this tax deduction.
  • Homeowners and renters alike can qualify for this benefit, extending the inclusivity of the deduction to various living arrangements, whether it’s a house, apartment, condo, or any other residential space.
  • Structures on the property, such as garages, studios, or greenhouses, are also eligible for consideration. Any part of the property used exclusively as a hotel or similar business is excluded.
  • For your home office space to be eligible for the deduction, it must be used exclusively for business purposes. This means that the space should be dedicated solely to your work and not serve dual functions.

Deductible Home Office Expenses

Let’s delve into the expenses that can be deducted. There are two main categories: indirect expenses and direct expenses.

  • Indirect expenses cover the entire property and may include items like mortgage interest, utilities, and repairs.
  • On the other hand, direct expenses are specifically incurred for the business use of the property, such as a separate phone line.


The deduction amount varies based on the type of expense.

  • Direct expenses can be fully deducted, providing a comprehensive benefit.
  • Indirect expenses, however, offer two calculation methods: the simplified method and the regular method:
    • The simplified method involves attributing a rate of $5 per square foot, up to a maximum of 300 square feet (resulting in a $1,500 maximum deduction).
    • Meanwhile, the regular method calculates the percentage of the property exclusively used for business. For example, if you utilize a 400-square-foot room in a 2,000-square-foot home, the percentage would be 25%, and this percentage would be multiplied by the total of the indirect expenses for that portion of the deduction.


In essence, understanding the eligibility criteria and the nuances of deductible expenses can empower you to make the most of the tax benefits associated with your home office, ensuring that your remote work setup not only enhances your productivity but also contributes to your financial well-being.


Author: Sean Brislin, CPA

Video Featuring: Joyce Cinousis, CPA


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