November 8, 2011
Jensen: The Home Bathroom DeductionErik M. Jensen (Case Western), The Home Bathroom Deduction, 133 Tax Notes 480 (Oct. 24, 2011):
This viewpoint criticizes a recent Tax Court decision, Bulas v. Commissioner, denying an accountant deductions associated with a bathroom used almost entirely by clients visiting the accountant’s home office. The author argues the court interpreted the requirement in § 280A(c) that the bathroom be used “exclusively” for business purposes in a way (1) unrealistically narrow; (2) inconsistent with standards imposed on business-related deductions generally; and (3) inconsistent with the standards the judge applied to the taxpayer’s home office across the hall, a former bedroom with respect to which office deductions were available.
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