A. The good news is yes you can save some money and claim for any genuine business expenses associated with running a home office.
In most cases, these expenses will have to be estimated and you must ensure that these estimates are reasonable before claiming them as a tax deduction.
Rent - you can assign a portion of your rent if you use a room as an office for your business, the cost is usually calculated based on square footage
Light & Heat - You can claim for lighting and heating expenses, but only for the additional costs that you incur in running the home office
Telephone/Broadband – You can claim for all business calls made from home phone/mobile along with a proportion of broadband
Insurance – Any additional premium charged for running your business from home is an allowable expense
Finally, a word of caution. Do not claim any part of your mortgage repayment as a tax deduction for your business. This will create income tax/capital gains tax issues for you in the medium/long term and is not advisable.
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