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What is a simplified home office deduction?

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The simplified home office deduction, also known as the safe-harbor method, is a standard deduction of $5 per square foot of the home used solely for business purposes for up to 300 square feet ($1,500 max deduction).

The safe-harbor method is an alternative to the more complex Form 8829, which uses the square footage of the entire home versus the office (among other criteria) to allocate eligible expenses for the home office deduction.

For more information, see our Tax Guide page on deducting your home office.

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