Audio: Expenses and Deductions for Professionals Who Work From Home on a Full or Part-time Basis

Kelly Phillips Erb is a tax lawyer focused on tax law for businesses and families. She provided a guest lecture Wednesday, October 6th about expenses and deductions for professionals who work from home on a full or part-time basis.

Kelly Phillips Erb is an attorney and shareholder with the Erb Law Firm, PC. She has both her JD and LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law. Her primary practice area is tax law including: tax planning for corporations; domestic and international tax planning; formation and administration of nonprofit and charitable organizations; tax compliance work and tax controversy matters such as delinquencies, offers in compromise and audits.

She authors the highly-regarded tax blog taxgirl.com, named by the ABA Journal as one of the best legal blogs for the past two years. She has written recently for Forbes, Intuit and the Legal Intelligencer, to name a few, and served as AOL’s tax guru for its personal financial site, WalletPop, during the most recent tax season.  She was also recently interviewed and quoted in the New York Times on health care tax deductions. You can view some more press here.

Kelly graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, before heading to Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. While at law school, Kelly interned at the estates attorney division of the Internal Revenue Service. At the IRS, she participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns, even leading in a successful audit.

Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association (Solo and Small Firms Section Council; Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections; Women in the Profession and Charitable Organizations Committees) and Tax Supper Club of Philadelphia. Kelly is a participating attorney with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she was recognized as a 2005 Outstanding Volunteer. Kelly has also assisted with Senior Law Project and Philly VIP, as well as serving as a site coordinator for IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Kelly is a mom to three small children, so she can add “dinosaur expert” and “princess dress designer” to her resume.

What You Will Learn:

Home Office Deductions

  • Official Definition of a Home Office
  • Limitations on the home office deduction
  • Examples of Deductible Home Office Expenses – there are many, some you may not have thought about
  • Calculating Your Home Office Deductions/Pro-rating Your Expenses
  • Other Tax Considerations

Deductible Expenses

  • Official Definition
  • Examples
  • Recharacterizations of expenses to make them deductions
  • Restrictions and limitations by your entity

Capital Expenses

  • Examples
  • Recent Legislation

New Tax Rules and Regs

  • What they are
  • How they will affect you

This is a jam-packed and very important lecture for lawyers, especially those who will be working out of their home, utilizing a traditional virtual office and/or operating their office ‘in the cloud’.

This guest lecture is about 77 minutes. Listen directly below.

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