Publication 587

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Business Use of Your Home


The purpose of this publication is to provide information on figuring and claiming the deduction for business use of your home. The term “home” includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or similar property, which provides basic living accommodations. It also includes structures on the property, such as an unattached garage, studio, barn, or greenhouse. However, it does not include any part of your property used exclusively as a hotel or inn.

This publication includes information on the following.

  • The requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses for the business use of your home (including special rules for storing inventory or product samples).
  • Types of expenses you can deduct.
  • How to figure the deduction (including depreciation of your home).
  • Special rules for daycare providers.
  • Selling a home that was used partly for business.
  • Deducting expenses for furniture and equipment used in your business.
  • Records you should keep.
  • Where to deduct your expenses.

The rules in this publication apply to individuals.

If you need information on deductions for renting out your property, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property.


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