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Can you deduct cellular service fee for business cell phone

I have a cell phone dedicated to business use only. I am not self employed. can I deduct the cost of my monthly cell phone service?
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Can you deduct cellular service fee for business cell phone

Yes, if the phone is dedicated to business, you can deduct it as an employee business expenses.

Employee business expense is a miscellaneous deduction which you can only deduct if you itemize your deductions (medical, mortgage interest, property taxes, charitable deductions, ect) and if the total of your miscellaneous expenses (including employee business expenses) are greater than 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income.

So, you may not gain a tax benefit for this deduction due to the above limitations.

 For example, if you itemize your deductions and your Adjusted Gross income is $50,000, 2% would equal $1,000.

You can only deduct the dollar amount that exceeds $1,000.

 When you enter it, TurboTax will give the maximum benefit, if any.

Job-related expenses are reported on Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses).

To enter employee business expenses:

  • Type in 2106 in the search box, top right of your screen, then click the magnifying glass

  • Click the jump to 2106 link in the search results.

  • Follow the prompts and onscreen instructions


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Marketstar
Level 7

Can you deduct cellular service fee for business cell phone

Yes, if the phone is dedicated to business, you can deduct it as an employee business expenses.

Employee business expense is a miscellaneous deduction which you can only deduct if you itemize your deductions (medical, mortgage interest, property taxes, charitable deductions, ect) and if the total of your miscellaneous expenses (including employee business expenses) are greater than 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income.

So, you may not gain a tax benefit for this deduction due to the above limitations.

 For example, if you itemize your deductions and your Adjusted Gross income is $50,000, 2% would equal $1,000.

You can only deduct the dollar amount that exceeds $1,000.

 When you enter it, TurboTax will give the maximum benefit, if any.

Job-related expenses are reported on Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses).

To enter employee business expenses:

  • Type in 2106 in the search box, top right of your screen, then click the magnifying glass

  • Click the jump to 2106 link in the search results.

  • Follow the prompts and onscreen instructions


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