How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Jesse Handel Your Own Question

Jesse Handel
Jesse Handel, Tax Preparer
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 264
Experience:  7 years tax preparation. IRS Registered Tax Preparer.
9660727
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Jesse Handel is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Please explain the office in home deduction. Who can use it

Customer Question

Please explain the office in home deduction. Who can use it and when is it best to use. Are there times when its not advisable to use.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.

HelloCustomer Thank you for coming to Just Answer and allowing us to help you with your tax question. A home office deduction can be taken by a self-employed person who has no other work location or an employee if the home office is used for the convenience of the employer (not the employee). In order to qualify as a home office, an area must be used regularly and exclusively for business. The IRS carefully reviews the home office deduction and even a couch in the home office can cause the IRS to determine that the area is not used exclusively for business.

 

The home office deduction allows you to deduct the utilities, property tax, maintenance and other standard home expenses for the area of the home used as an office. This can be a large deduction and it is a deduction that the IRS considers to be abused frequently. Two things to be wary about when taking the home office deductions is that this deduction may trigger an audit and that, if you deduct depreciation on your home as part of your home office deduction, you may have to pay recapture tax when you sell the home.

 

Information I have received recently from the IRS suggests that in 2009, the home office deduction will be standardized (an amount I have heard is $1500 for every home office) and the IRS may not be as stringent about the rules. You may want to wait until the IRS sends out more information about these changes, before deciding whether to take the home office deduction.

 

I hope this information answers your questions. Please let me know if you need more information.

Jesse Handel, Tax Preparer
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 264
Experience: 7 years tax preparation. IRS Registered Tax Preparer.
Jesse Handel and 3 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Jesse,on wednesday I have 27 questtions in taxation and I am willing to hire you to help me if possible.
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.

Sure,Customer That will be great. I'll be looking for your questions. Thanks for coming to Just Answer.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Jesse,

How should I get the questions to you? I can send them by a word doc or through just answer. How much are you charging? Just a reminder, there are 27 questions involved. I would like to send them all at once if possible. What do you think?
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
Hello againCustomer You can attach a word document to a Just Answer post or you can either type each question into a separate posting or type all of the questions into one posting. You can use whichever method is easier for you. I can't be sure that I can answer all the questions until I look at them so I may have you repost some for other experts. Generally, in this category, the cost is $9 for each single question post for simple questions, but the cost is negotiable for this type of situation. I would think $50 for the whole thing with the understanding that if I need to refer a few questions to some of the other experts, they will want paid. I can't really tell until I see the questions. Does that price work for you? I am willing to negotiate if need be.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Fifty dollars sounds good but I must be clear. These questions are questions for a practice quiz. I plan to start the quiz around 7pm today.
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
That shouldn't be any problem, but it depends on the questions. Do you need the answers by 7 pm? What time zone do you live in?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I live in the eastern. I have a two hour window to complete them. Therefore, if I start at 7pm.est. I need to be done by 9pm est.
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
That shouldn't be a problem. Go ahead and post the questions in a new question, if you're okay with everything. You can send the questions to me by putting my name in the question. Thanks.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX send them to at 7.
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.

Thanks. I'll be waiting for them.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Jesse,

Will it be ok if I post the remaining after you are done with the 21 that I posted?
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
Yes, that will be fine.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
How is it coming? Please send what you have.

Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
The answers are posted under the other question.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am sorry but I don't see them.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok, I got them. I will be back.
Expert:  Jesse Handel replied 5 years ago.
I'm not sure what is going on. I can see them in the other question. Try closing the other question and opening it again. If you're still having trouble seeing them, I can ask the programmer's to look at the question, but it will take longer than 7 o'clock.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Last | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KU/KUMI95/2013-9-30_195031_kumar.64x64.jpg Wallstreet Esq.'s Avatar

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CU/Cuttinggirl/2011-10-29_03719_wcrop2.64x64.jpg Wendy Reed's Avatar

    Wendy Reed

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    3052
    15+ years tax preparation and tax advice.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CATax/2009-08-04_204548_Mark.jpg Mark D's Avatar

    Mark D

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    985
    MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/IN/insearchoftheanswer/2013-8-16_0233_attorney.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    3229
    29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/MyVirtualCPA/2012-7-5_44024_cookmegan1.64x64.jpg Megan C's Avatar

    Megan C

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6121
    Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JG/jgordosea/2012-6-7_43138_GordosVeritas.64x64.jpg jgordosea's Avatar

    jgordosea

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    2783
    I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OZ/ozaukeecpa/2012-6-7_193219_Picture1croppedandshrunk.64x64.jpg MequonCPA's Avatar

    MequonCPA

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    2231
    CPA, Over 30 yrs experience w/individuals and small businesses. Masters in Tax.