Deductions Q & A - Home office expenses

Q. I keep a room set aside in my house for a home office and would like to claim some expenses.

A. If a taxpayer carries on all or part of their employment activities from home, then some portion of the home expenses can be deducted. Where a home is a place of business, deductions can be claimed on the following items of expenditure - interest, rent, house insurance, council rates, heating and lighting, depreciation, insurance, repairs, cleaning, pest control, maintenance, decorating and telephone.

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