Since 2013, taxpayers have had a simplified option for figuring their business use of home deduction.
Per the IRS website Simplified Option for Home Office Deduction:
Note: This simplified option does not change the criteria for who may claim a home office deduction. It merely simplifies the calculation and recordkeeping requirements of the allowable deduction.
|Deduction for home office use of a portion of a residence allowed only if that portion is exclusively used on a regular basis for business purposes
|Allowable square footage of home use for business (not to exceed 300 square feet)
|Percentage of home used for business
|Standard $5 per square foot used to determine home business deduction
|Actual expenses determined and records maintained
|Home-related itemized deductions claimed in full on Schedule A
|Home-related itemized deductions apportioned between Schedule A and business schedule (Sch. C or Sch. F)
|No depreciation deduction
|Depreciation deduction for portion of home used for business
|No recapture of depreciation upon sale of home
|Recapture of depreciation on gain upon sale of home
|Deduction cannot exceed gross income from business use of home less business expenses
|Amount in excess of gross income limitation may not be carried over
|Amount in excess of gross income limitation may be carried over
|Loss carryover from use of regular method in prior year may not be claimed
|Loss carryover from use of regular method in prior year may be claimed if gross income test is met in current year
Full details on the new option can be found in Revenue Procedure 2013-13.