Not Deductible

A high court ruling could bring the house down on home offices

FOR GROWING NUMBERS OF WORKING PEOPLE, HOME is where the job is. But to the U.S. Supreme Court, home had better be where virtually all the job is -- or no tax deduction. In a decision that will make it harder to write off the costs of a home office as a business expense, the high court ruled that home offices are not deductible if taxpayers spend significant work time away from the rooms they have set aside for office space.

The ruling was handed down in the case of Dr. Nader Soliman, a self-employed anesthesiologist who spent 10 to 15...

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