Tax Deductions for Home services professionals

If you're a home service professional working for Thumbtack, Taskrabbit, or independently, you can claim the below tax deductions.

Mileage you can deduct

Home office to customer
Unless you have a permanent place of work to which you must commute, all miles driven between your home and a customer are tax deductible.
Between customers and back to home office
Miles driven between customers, and from the last customer to your home office, are tax deductible.
Work-related errands
Miles driven to pick up supplies or equipment, attend a conference, or other work-related errands are tax deductible.

Expenses you can deduct

Cleaning Supplies
Supplies like cleaning products, rags, and paper towels that you buy for work are deductible.
Phone & Service
If you have to use a phone for work, the purchase and monthly service bill are tax deductible!
Public Transportation
Public transportation costs to visit clients or run work errands are deductible. Just be sure not to deduct the costs for travel from your home to your office.
Business Cards
Designing and printing business cards is deductible as a marketing expense. Just be sure to check for typos!
Printing & Copying
Printing and copying expenses for marketing flyers and brochures or for your office records are tax deductible.
Advertising
The costs of promoting your business--like online ads, signs, print, radio, and video--are all deductible!
Promotional Goodies
Items that you give away to promote your business, like pens and stress balls, are deductible. Bring on the bobble heads!
Tolls
Any toll fees that you pay while working are tax deductible! Just make sure they're not already being reimbursed.
Parking
If you have to pay for parking while you're working, that’s tax deductible. Unfortunately, parking tickets, traffic violations, and speeding tickets are not.
Health Insurance
If you’re self-employed and don’t have the option to buy health insurance through an employer or spouse, you can deduct your monthly health insurance payments!

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Non-Deductible Expenses

Clothing
Clothing that can be reasonably worn outside of your work enviornment is considered a personal hygene expense and is explicitly deemed a non-deductible expense.
Haircuts
A haircut is considered a personal hygiene expense and is explicitly deemed a non-deductible expense for independent workers.
Life Insurance
You can't deduct the cost of premiums for life insurance where you are the beneficiary. This includes taking policies out to secure a loan for your business, or to fund a succession plan.
Parking Fines and Tickets
Misconduct isn't part of your job! Fees for legal violations, such as parking tickets or court fees, are not tax deductible.
Commuting
If you have a permanent office from which you conduct your business then the miles driven between your home and that office are considered commuting and are not tax deductible.
Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is considered a personal hygiene expense and is therefore explicitly deemed a non-deductible. Unless you're cleaning a uniform, the expense is considered personal.

Non-Deductible Expenses if You Take the Standard Mileage Deduction

Gas
Gas is part of maintaining a vehicle for business and is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Oil Change
An oil change is standard car maintenence and so is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Insurance
Car insurance is required for all car owners and thus is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Repairs
All cars will eventually need a repair. Repairs are deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Lease Payments
If you are leasing a car, you can deduct the lease payments only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate.
Car Depreciation
Car depreciation is deductible only if you choose not to take the standard mileage rate. Total allowed may be reduced if business use falls under 50%.

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