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Can I claim the home office if I didn't pay for it?

I live with my parents in their house and I don't pay directly for rent, hydro etc. I'm an "independent contractor" and technically work part of the time at home so I guess I have a "home office". Can I claim the home office if I didn't directly pay for any of the expenses?

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Can I claim the home office if I didn't pay for it?

You cannot claim expenses for something you haven't paid for. If you were paying rent to your parents, you might be able to claim the portion of your rent that relates to your home office. 

If CRA request proof of your "Business Use of Home" expenses and you could provide receipts showing that you had actually paid these bills, your claim would be disallowed. 

Here's a little more info on claiming Home Office Deductions: https://bit.ly/2HfwRPy

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