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Where do I claim my employment expenses in TurboTax Online?

SOLVEDby TurboTax87Updated December 10, 2021


If you're a salaried or commissioned employee who had to work from home 50% or more of the time for at least four consecutive weeks due to COVID-19, or if you're self-employed, then you're eligible to claim home office expenses on your 2021 tax return.

To claim employment expenses, choose the following scenario that best describes you, then complete the listed instructions:

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu
  2. In the Find window, type employment
  3. Select Employment Expenses from the list of results, then select Go
  4. On the Employment Expenses step, select Yes
  5. On the Employment Expense Profile step, make the selection that best applies to your situation, then select Continue
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on-screen to enter your expenses
  7. You've finished the expenses section when you reach the Your Employment Profile step

Note: To claim this deduction (line 22900 of your tax return), you must qualify under the new COVID rules, OR have a signed T2200 or T2200s from your employer showing the conditions of your employment. Don’t file the T2200 or T2200s with your return but do keep a copy for your records.

Note: For tax year 2021, the ability to report self-employed expenses is only available in the Self-Employed version of TurboTax Online. You can follow these same steps in TurboTax Free, Standard, or Premier for previous tax years.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu
  2. In the Find window, type Self-employment, select it from the list of results, then select Go
  3. On the Let’s look at your self-employment income and expenses step, select Check the box if you have self-employed income and expenses to report, then select Continue. If you're preparing your return with a spouse, check the box next to the spouse who's reporting the self-employment expenses
  4. The instructions for this step depend on how much of your return you've completed so far, so follow the instructions below that match what you see on-screen:
    1. If you see the Your Self-Employment or Business Summary step and want to enter business expenses for a business not listed on-screen, select Enter New Business, then follow the instructions to reach the expenses section
    2. If you see the Your Self-Employment or Business Summary step and want to enter business expenses for a business listed on-screen, select Edit next to that business, then follow the instructions to reach the expenses section
    3. If you see the What kind of self-employment work do you do? step, answer the question, then select Continue. Follow the instructions to reach the expenses section
  5. You've finished the expenses section when you reach the Did you have any fixed assets? step

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