10 IRS Rules for the Home Office Deduction

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Whether you're an employee or a contractor, you may fit the criteria for a home office deduction. Purestock/ThinkStock

Now, taking a home office deduction as a self-employed person might seem like a no-brainer if you work at home. You and the IRS both know that if you have a job and no other office, a certain amount of your bills and expenses are going to be going toward the cost of running your business by necessity.

But don't think that just because you're not self-employed doesn't mean a deductible home office isn't attainable. If employees meet all the requirements set forth by the IRS, even people who work outside of their home can take a home office deduction. While many used to think that claiming a home office deduction left a taxpayer vulnerable to audits, a few changes to the process have made claiming a (legit) deduction a lot easier.

So whether you're self-employed or working for the (wo)man, let's explore what exactly you need to do to claim a home office deduction.