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mpsarakis
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Rent in home office deduction

In the context of the home office deduction, and if I own my home, does "rent" refer to my monthly mortgage payment?
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KenH1
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Rent in home office deduction

No. If you own the home, you would enter your mortgage interest, real estate taxes, utilities, etc, in those areas instead.

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The "own the home?" question is at the beginning of the home office interview.  

KenH1
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Rent in home office deduction

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mpsarakis
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Rent in home office deduction

When I was filling out this screen, the line item "mortgage interest" was unavailable for me to modify and said "0." Why is that?
KenH1
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Rent in home office deduction

I suspect that you need to revisit that interview and answer Yes to the "home ownership" and "mortgage interest" Yes/No questions.
mpsarakis
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Rent in home office deduction

I did and those are correct. Could this be because I am an employee, deducting business expenses in itemized deductions, not Schedule C? Am I considered to have already deducted mortgage interest in Line 10?
KenH1
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Rent in home office deduction

Correct.  You can only deduct mortgage interest once.  You are deducting it in the right place.  Sch C is for non-employees (paid on a 1099-MISC, etc)

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