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How to use the simplified method for Form 8829 home office deduction in ProConnect

by Intuit Updated 2 years ago

This article will assist you with using the simplified method for Form 8829 home office deduction in Intuit ProConnect.

Taxpayers may use a simplified method when calculating the deduction for business use of their home for Form 8829. The simplified method doesn't change the criteria for who may claim a home office deduction.

Follow these steps to select the simplified method:

  1. Go to the Input Return tab.
  2. From the left of the screen, select Deductions and choose Business Use of Home (8829).
  3. Scroll down to the Business Use of Home (8829) section.
  4. Enter a 2 in the 1=use actual expenses (default), 2=elect to use simplified method field.

About the simplified method:

  • The simplified method allows a standard deduction of $5 per square foot of home used for business, with a maximum of 300 square feet. 
  • Allowable home-related itemized deductions, such as mortgage interest and real estate taxes, are claimed in full on Schedule A. 
  • No home depreciation deduction or later recapture of depreciation is allowed for the years the simplified option is used.
  • The amount of deduction computed using the simplified method can't exceed the gross income derived from the qualified business use of the home, reduced by business deductions (advertising, wages, supplies, etc.).
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