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?
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.
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