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Can I deduct my computer for online classes

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  The Guy Behind the Tree replied 9 years ago.
Probably not.

The IRS will question how much time you use your computer for on-line classes and how much time you use it for personal matters.

Even if you were to prepare a detailed daily log of the amount of time spent on class vs. non-class activities, the IRS is likely to question your log.

And even if you could "deduct" some fraction of the cost of your computer at a certain percentage rate, assuming your computer has a useful life of five years and some reasonable salvage value thereafter, the amount of your actual deduction would be relatively modest. The amount wouldn't be worth inviting an audit over.