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parrisb1
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Pandemic Work-From-Home and Commuting Deductions

I am a salaried engineer for a company in New Mexico. Pre-pandemic, my primary work location was a remote site with a 2-hour round trip commute. I had a personal desk space at the remote site with my name on it. Since March 2020, I have been working from home and only commuting to the remote site as-needed (usually 1-2 days per week, not regularly scheduled). I no longer have a personal desk at the remote site, I bring my laptop with me and use whatever table space is available as a temporary workspace for the day. Can I now consider my home as my primary work location? What home office expenses can I deduct, and can I deduct mileage driving to the remote site?

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Critter-3
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Pandemic Work-From-Home and Commuting Deductions

Employee business expenses are not deductible from 2018 thru 2025. 

Opus 17
Level 15

Pandemic Work-From-Home and Commuting Deductions

Your employer could reimburse you for your work-related expenses, such as mileage.  (They could, but rarely reimburse for a home office, especially if they have an office you could be using.).   You may want to discuss this with them.  Work-related expenses for W-2 employees are not deductible. 

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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