In an attempt to reduce the administrative, recordkeeping, and compliance burdens of taxpayers, the IRS has offered a safe harbor method to compute the allowable deduction for the business-use portion of the home. The safe harbor method is effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013.
Under the safe harbor method, the taxpayer multiplies the allowable square footage of the home office by the prescribed rate of $5.00. The allowable square footage for business use cannot exceed 300 square feet; thus, the maximum allowable home office deduction under the safe harbor method is $1,500. The safe harbor deduction, cannot exceed the business income for the year reduced by business expenses unrelated to the dwelling unit. Any taxpayer using the safe harbor method may not carry over any disallowed safe harbor deductions to the next year.
"Off Season" Tax Moves
It’s not time to stop thinking about taxes and strategic tax planning opportunities during the tax "off" season. Since the start of 2013, there have been many new federal tax developments, which will impact tax planning for this year and beyond. As 2013 unfolds, many changes made to the Tax Code by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) take effect. Additionally, there are new taxes to take into account because of the health care reform package, along with enhancements to many tax credits and deductions. Here is a brief review of the tax and health care provisions affecting taxpayers for 2013.
Health Care Provisions
Limit deduction for health insurer’s executive compensation to $500,000
Now is a good time to revisit these developments and explore how they will affect your strategic tax plans. Planning today can help maximize your tax savings going forward.