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Per IRS Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers), page 7:

Rent. If you rent the home you occupy and meet the requirements for business use of the home, you can deduct part of the rent you pay. To figure your deduction, multiply your rent payments by the percentage of your home used for business.

If you own your home, you cannot deduct the fair rental value of your home. However, see Depreciating Your Home, later.


Starting in tax year 2018, you can no longer deduct expenses for using your home as an employee as a miscellaneous deduction. If you are self-employed and file Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business, complete Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home. The calculation is then transferred to Schedule C, Line 30.

To report self-employed business use of home expenses in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Business Income dropdown, then click Business income or loss from a sole proprietorship.
  3. Click + Add Schedule C to create a new copy of the form or click Edit to edit a form already created (desktop program: click Review instead of Edit).
  4. Continue with the interview process until you reach the screen titled Great! Let's get started on expenses for this business, and click Enter expenses.
  5. On the screen titled Did you use your home for business purposes for this business?, click Yes.

Note. When reviewing via the screen titled Your net income or loss for this business is $, you can click Review on the "Business Use of Home" row.


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