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For home office expenses, I'm not sure what to include. I have read you can include everything from coffee to toilet paper but I am unsure what the everything is. What about snack items used during work and travel and cleaning products? I know drying c

My husband works from home 100% of the time with travel to clients homes a couple days each week.
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AnnetteB
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For home office expenses, I'm not sure what to include. I have read you can include everything from coffee to toilet paper but I am unsure what the everything is. What about snack items used during work and travel and cleaning products? I know drying c

For a home office, the items you mentioned specifically would not necessarily be an expense. 

If the snacks are for your husband, then that is a personal expense, not a business expense.  Meals are allowed to be included when travelling away from the tax home for business purposes.  Travel to a client’s location within the same general metropolitan area does not count for that deduction.  Snacks provided to customers or clients would be a business deduction.

For the cleaning products, if they are reserved to be used exclusively in the office only, then it is a business deduction.  If the same products are used in other areas of the home, then it is not. 

When you are thinking about what kinds of expenses can be claimed for your home office, be sure that the item has an ordinary and necessary business use.  Just because it can be used in the office, it does not mean that it can be a deduction.  If something could also easily be used for personal purposes (such that it would have mixed use, both business and personal), then think twice before including it as a business expense. 


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AnnetteB
Intuit Alumni

For home office expenses, I'm not sure what to include. I have read you can include everything from coffee to toilet paper but I am unsure what the everything is. What about snack items used during work and travel and cleaning products? I know drying c

For a home office, the items you mentioned specifically would not necessarily be an expense. 

If the snacks are for your husband, then that is a personal expense, not a business expense.  Meals are allowed to be included when travelling away from the tax home for business purposes.  Travel to a client’s location within the same general metropolitan area does not count for that deduction.  Snacks provided to customers or clients would be a business deduction.

For the cleaning products, if they are reserved to be used exclusively in the office only, then it is a business deduction.  If the same products are used in other areas of the home, then it is not. 

When you are thinking about what kinds of expenses can be claimed for your home office, be sure that the item has an ordinary and necessary business use.  Just because it can be used in the office, it does not mean that it can be a deduction.  If something could also easily be used for personal purposes (such that it would have mixed use, both business and personal), then think twice before including it as a business expense. 


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