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10 40 ez Publication 587 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 10 40 ez Tax questions. 10 40 ez Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 587, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 10 40 ez irs. 10 40 ez gov/pub587. 10 40 ez What's New The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. 10 40 ez The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. 10 40 ez For more information, see Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction, later. 10 40 ez Reminders Photographs of missing children. 10 40 ez  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 10 40 ez Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 10 40 ez You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 10 40 ez Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide information on figuring and claiming the deduction for business use of your home. 10 40 ez The term “home” includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or similar property which provides basic living accommodations. 10 40 ez It also includes structures on the property, such as an unattached garage, studio, barn, or greenhouse. 10 40 ez However, it does not include any part of your property used exclusively as a hotel, motel, inn, or similar establishment. 10 40 ez Qualifying for a Deduction gives the requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses for the business use of your home (including special rules for employees and special rules for storing inventory or product samples). 10 40 ez For special rules that apply to daycare providers, see Daycare Facility . 10 40 ez After you determine that you qualify for the deduction, Figuring the Deduction explains the expenses you can deduct using either your actual expenses or the simplified method. 10 40 ez The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. 10 40 ez Where To Deduct explains where a self-employed person, employee, or partner will report the deduction. 10 40 ez This publication also includes information on the following. 10 40 ez Selling a home that was used partly for business. 10 40 ez Deducting expenses for furniture and equipment used in your business. 10 40 ez Records you should keep. 10 40 ez Finally, this publication contains worksheets to help you figure the amount of your deduction if you use your home in your farming business and you are filing Schedule F (Form 1040), you use your home for work as an employee, or you are a partner and the use of your home resulted in unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses that you are required to pay under the partnership agreement. 10 40 ez If you used your home for business and you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use either Form 8829 or the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C. 10 40 ez The rules in this publication apply to individuals. 10 40 ez If you need information on deductions for renting out your property, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property. 10 40 ez Comments and suggestions. 10 40 ez   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 10 40 ez   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 10 40 ez NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 10 40 ez Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 10 40 ez   You can send your comments from www. 10 40 ez irs. 10 40 ez gov/formspubs/. 10 40 ez Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 10 40 ez ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 10 40 ez Ordering forms and publications. 10 40 ez   Visit www. 10 40 ez irs. 10 40 ez gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 10 40 ez Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 10 40 ez Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 10 40 ez   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 10 40 ez gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 10 40 ez We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 10 40 ez Useful Items - 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IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) are your source for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue can only be handled face-to-face. No appointment is necessary.

Keep in mind, many questions can be resolved online without waiting in line. Through you can:
• Set up a payment plan.
• Get a transcript of your tax return.
• Make a payment.
• Check on your refund.
• Find answers to many of your tax questions.

We are now referring all requests for tax return preparation services to other available resources. You can take advantage of free tax preparation through Free File, Free File Fillable Forms or through a volunteer site in your community. To find the nearest volunteer site location or to get more information about Free File, go to the top of the page and enter “Free Tax Help” in the Search box.

If you have a tax account issues and feel that it requires talking with someone face-to-face, visit your local TAC.

Caution:  Many of our offices are located in Federal Office Buildings. These buildings may not allow visitors to bring in cell phones with camera capabilities.

Multilingual assistance is available in every office. Hours of operation are subject to change.

Before visiting your local office click on "Services Provided" in the chart below to see what services are available. Services are limited and not all services are available at every TAC office and may vary from site to site. You can get these services on a walk-in basis.

City Street Address Days/Hours of Service Telephone*
Annapolis 190 Admiral Cochrane Dr.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.)


**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**


Services Provided

(301) 695-7615
Baltimore 31 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Services Provided

(410) 962-7969 
Frederick  201 Thomas- Johnson Dr.
Frederick, MD 21702 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) 


Services Provided

(301) 695-7615 
Hagerstown  1260 Maryland Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) 


Services Provided

(301) 797-6624 
Landover  8401 Corporate Dr.
Landover, MD 20785 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Services Provided

(240) 613-7952 
LaVale  14701 National Highway 
LaVale, MD 21502 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Services Provided

(301) 729-6397 
Salisbury  212 West Main St.
Salisbury, MD 21801 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

Services Provided

(410) 677-6718
Wheaton  11510 Georgia Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 


Services Provided

(240) 613-8976 

* Note: The phone numbers in the chart above are not toll-free for all locations. When you call, you will reach a recorded business message with information about office hours, locations and services provided in that office. If face-to-face assistance is not a priority for you, you may also get help with IRS letters or resolve tax account issues by phone, toll free at 1-800-829-1040 (individuals) or 1-800-829-4933 (businesses).

For information on where to file your tax return please see Where to File Addresses.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service: Call (443) 853-6000 in Baltimore or 1-877-777-4778 elsewhere, or see  Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS. For further information, see Tax Topic 104.


IRS and organizations all over the country are partnering to assist taxpayers. Through these partnerships, organizations are also achieving their own goals. These mutually beneficial partnerships are strengthening outreach efforts and bringing education and assistance to millions.

For more information about these programs for individuals and families, contact the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Office at:

Internal Revenue Service
Fallon Federal Building
31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1432
Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information about these programs for businesses, your local Stakeholder Liaison office establishes relationships with organizations representing small business and self-employed taxpayers. They provide information about the policies, practices and procedures the IRS uses to ensure compliance with the tax laws. To establish a relationship with us, use this list to find a contact in your state:

Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Phone Numbers for Organizations Representing Small Businesses and Self-employed Taxpayers.

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