I work out of an office but sometimes i come home after work or before work in the morning I'll stay in and get work done at home office Can that be used as a deduction?

Home office use for admin reasons & time management.

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Depends on who you work for. You tagged as self-employed so you would, as I interpret, have to also conduct significant business out of your home, meeting with clients and the like https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/home-office-deduction

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p587

Note that the Pub 587 for 2018 is not out yet, and certainly there are changes yet here we are 8 months in and only 4 to go and no clue if you can even still deduct a home office (thanks to tax law of 2017)


Here is commentary on how your work at home (by having a dedicated away fro home office) is not considered work at home for any type of deduction https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/04/26/for-many-taxpayers-tax-reform-means-no-more...

You can go by the guidelines in the out of date document as a starting point, subject to change by your filing date but chances are your convenience of making calls over breakfast or even sending receiving emails while at home (or any expense for internet or phone let alone floor space) since you have a primary off-site office no longer qualifies.

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