I receive a W-2, as an employee, and I now work a permanent hybrid schedule but I can come into the office if I want to. I'm classified by HR as a hybrid employee. I know the federal home office deduction is suspended for W-2 employees until 2025. But New York State will still accept it on their tax returns. The question is do I have merit to claim the home office deduction?
I work a few days at home and a couple of days in the office. It is not because of covid-19 but the work culture changing as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. On the other hand, my employer allows me to voluntarily come into the office on the days I work remotely. They're not stopping me from coming in. It's optional.
So, with all that being said, can I claim a home office expenses deduction for NY State? I It feels like a gray area. What's my main office? I'm not sure. It's 60-70% remote and 30-40% in the office. My employer is not barring me from the building on the days I work remote and HR classifies me as hybrid. I don't know what the right answer is here.
For the W-2 Employee expenses deduction, can I deduct things you would normally deduct for home office deduction such as a portion of my utility bills, coffee supplies, and my home office square footage?
Edit: The company/HR made a organization-wide decision that majority or even most employees are now classified as hybrid employees. That was not a decision made by the employees. It was decided by the company. The hybrid schedule is, every week, a few days working remotely and 2 days in the office. I have to come into the office 2 days a week. If I want to come into the office on the remote days, I could (I may or may not need to get written permission to do so). But even if I come in, I'd still be classified as a hybrid employee and, as such, they regularly expect me to be working remotely those few days a week. I hope that makes things a bit clearer.