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Indirect Expenses - when you have a home office can your Gas,

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Indirect Expenses - when you have a home office can your Gas, Electric, Water, pool maintenance, cable all be considered indirect costs and you use a percentage equivalent to the % your office space is and deduct as a indirect cost?
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Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. I would say yes that everything except pool maintenance - could be counted as indirect expense for your home office. Your costs such as utilities, homeowners insurance, and housing maintenance can be written off to the extent that you use your home for a home office. However, I would not deduct pool maintenance because it's unlikely you use your pool for business.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


so Rent, Cable, Water, Gas, Electric, Garbage, and Renters Insurance are ok, but do not use Pool Maintenance? Just want to confirm.

If you use your cable for business purposes include that. If not, don't. It's a personal expense. The rest sound okay.

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