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# I did the contractor as a programmer for only 18 weeks,should I report the home depreciation for my home office using for this period?

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## I did the contractor as a programmer for only 18 weeks,should I report the home depreciation for my home office using for this period?

I would take every allowable deduction based on that 18 week time period. 18 divided by 52 equals approximately 35%. So, that means you are allowed 35% of your utilities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, depreciation, etc...Obviously, you must first determine the square footage ratio of the home office to the entire home. So if your home office is 250 sq ft and your home is 2500 sq ft, then only 10% of the total of the utilities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, depreciation, etc...is deductible. Do not forget to further reduce that 10% amount by the time ratio mentioned above (35%).

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## I did the contractor as a programmer for only 18 weeks,should I report the home depreciation for my home office using for this period?

I would take every allowable deduction based on that 18 week time period. 18 divided by 52 equals approximately 35%. So, that means you are allowed 35% of your utilities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, depreciation, etc...Obviously, you must first determine the square footage ratio of the home office to the entire home. So if your home office is 250 sq ft and your home is 2500 sq ft, then only 10% of the total of the utilities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, depreciation, etc...is deductible. Do not forget to further reduce that 10% amount by the time ratio mentioned above (35%).

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## I did the contractor as a programmer for only 18 weeks,should I report the home depreciation for my home office using for this period?

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes.
there are two basic requirements for your home to qualify as a deduction:
1. Regular and Exclusive Use.
You must regularly use part of your home exclusively for conducting business. For example, if you use an extra room to run your business, you can take a home office deduction for that extra room.
Generally, deductions for a home office are based on the percentage of your home devoted to business use. So, if you use a whole room or part of a room for conducting your business, you need to figure out the percentage of your home devoted to your business activities.
Additional tests for employee use. 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. You must meet the tests discussed above plus: