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I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

 
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AnnetteB6
Employee Tax Expert

I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

It could be that the combination of income attributable to your home office and the other business expenses are limiting your home office expenses. 

 

If the home office expenses are limited and not allowed to be taken on the current year’s return, then they are carried forward to the next year as long as the actual home office expenses were being used and not the simplified method based solely on the square feet of the office. 

 

There are some examples below that will illustrate this limitation a little better because it is not necessarily a simple subtraction of home office expenses from your business profit.

 

Income Earned from Home Office

 

The IRS limits the total of certain kinds of home office expenses - the ones you would not be able to deduct anywhere else on your tax return, such as your utilities and repairs - to the income earned from activities in your home office. Although these expenses cannot themselves create a loss on your business, you can carry over any unused portion to next year's home office deduction.

 

Here's how it works. Let's say

 - Your business income before any expenses was $10,000

 - All business expenses that would not limit your home office deduction were $4,000, and

 - The home office expenses were $3,000

 

1). If 90% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then you can deduct all of your home office expenses:

 - $10,000 X 90% of income from the home office = $9,000 from business use of the home

 - $9,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $5,000 available for home office expenses

 - $5,000 is greater than $3,000 home office expenses, so you can deduct all of them.

 

2). However, if 60% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then your home office expenses will be limited:

 - $10,000 X 60% of income from the home office = $6,000 from business use of the home

 - $6,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $2,000 available for home office expenses

 - $2,000 is less than $3,000 home office expenses, so you can deduct $2,000 of them this year, and carry the remaining $1,000 to next year.

 

3). In addition, if 30% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then you would not be able to deduct any of them this year:

 - $10,000 X 30% of income from the home office = $3,000 from business use of the home

 - $3,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $0 available for home office expenses (this will never be less than zero)

 - You cannot deduct any home office expenses this year, but you can carry the entire $3,000 to next year.

 

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ColeenD3
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I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

You might be limited by your income.

I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

Thanks for your quick response! Sorry, but I don't know exactly what  you mean. That I can't claim all of my property taxes because I made too much? If so, is it based on total income (my self-employment + my husband's regular job), or on just my self-employment income? Thanks SO MUCH for your help!!!!

MinhT1
Employee Tax Expert

I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

Limited by income means that you cannot claim more home office deduction than your self-employed income (profit). In other words, the home office deduction cannot create a loss for your business.

 

Any home office deductions not deductible in the current year may be carried forward indefinitely to future tax years, but still will be subject to the income limitation.

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I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

Thanks for your reply. This is weird, because my home office deduction is many several thousands less than what I made (even after all my deductions). My home office deduction is 1400, but my net profit from my business is around 9000. Is this right? Thanks SO MUCH for your help.

AnnetteB6
Employee Tax Expert

I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

It could be that the combination of income attributable to your home office and the other business expenses are limiting your home office expenses. 

 

If the home office expenses are limited and not allowed to be taken on the current year’s return, then they are carried forward to the next year as long as the actual home office expenses were being used and not the simplified method based solely on the square feet of the office. 

 

There are some examples below that will illustrate this limitation a little better because it is not necessarily a simple subtraction of home office expenses from your business profit.

 

Income Earned from Home Office

 

The IRS limits the total of certain kinds of home office expenses - the ones you would not be able to deduct anywhere else on your tax return, such as your utilities and repairs - to the income earned from activities in your home office. Although these expenses cannot themselves create a loss on your business, you can carry over any unused portion to next year's home office deduction.

 

Here's how it works. Let's say

 - Your business income before any expenses was $10,000

 - All business expenses that would not limit your home office deduction were $4,000, and

 - The home office expenses were $3,000

 

1). If 90% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then you can deduct all of your home office expenses:

 - $10,000 X 90% of income from the home office = $9,000 from business use of the home

 - $9,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $5,000 available for home office expenses

 - $5,000 is greater than $3,000 home office expenses, so you can deduct all of them.

 

2). However, if 60% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then your home office expenses will be limited:

 - $10,000 X 60% of income from the home office = $6,000 from business use of the home

 - $6,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $2,000 available for home office expenses

 - $2,000 is less than $3,000 home office expenses, so you can deduct $2,000 of them this year, and carry the remaining $1,000 to next year.

 

3). In addition, if 30% of your income came from business conducted in your home office, then you would not be able to deduct any of them this year:

 - $10,000 X 30% of income from the home office = $3,000 from business use of the home

 - $3,000 - $4,000 other expenses = $0 available for home office expenses (this will never be less than zero)

 - You cannot deduct any home office expenses this year, but you can carry the entire $3,000 to next year.

 

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I reported $3,264 in property taxes on my home office. However, on the page listing "Your tax breaks," it says only $2,910. Why? Is this an error? How do I fix this?

Thank you so much for your patience and clear explanation!

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