Re: (Was: Should I furnish computer?)

Subject: Re: (Was: Should I furnish computer?)
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2001 08:51:52 -0400

Kelly Williamson wrote:

> Sorry to chime in on a somewhat not-tech-writing-related thread (unless
> you're self-employed), but I wanted to point out that my last accountant
> told me that if you claim a home office deduction and prepare your own
> taxes, there is something like a 90% chance you will be audited. It is
> rarely worth taking the home office deduction anyway, because when you go to
> sell your house, you have to factor depreciation on your gains or somesuch.
> Anyway, my husband and I were both self-employed for several years and
> through three accountants, never took that deduction per their advice.

The advice you received may have been proper for your circumstances, but
for others, the home office deduction may very well be beneficial. It is
purely a specific fact related call. What is good advice for you, may,
or may not be good advice for someone else. Some of the decisional
factors include: your age; current income level; how the deduction
benefits you in the current year; how long you plan to keep your house;
anticipated; future income levels. etc.
BTW, While I would dispute that 90% audit figure, if you are claiming
legitimate deductions, you should have nothing to fear from an audit.

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