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Can I deduct Home Office expenses?

Answer Tim's simple questions below to find out if your home office qualifies for a tax deduction

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Hello, my name is Tim. I will ask you a set of questions to help you decide whether you can deduct home office expenditure or not.

Yes, I can deduct home office expenses

This means that you would include the relevant deductions under the "Other deductions" section in your ITR12, in the block for Home Office expenses.

You will need to add up all the allowed amounts, then multiply them by the portion of your house that is contained by your demarcated, dedicated home office.

For example:
Rates (R2,400) + Electricity (R1,500) = R3,900
House is 60 square metres
Office is 3m x 4m = 12 square metres
Portion = R3,900 x 12 / 60 = R780.

TaxTim will ask you all the right questions so that you complete your tax return correctly, and get your maximum allowable tax refund.


No, I cannot deduct home office expenses


This means that your ITR12 stays the same and is unaffected.