My wife and I have a very particular driving/office/home office situation which is bringing us doubts about (US) income tax and deductions.
My wife has several part-time jobs of 5-7 hours a week. She drives to all of them and uses a 60 sq ft area at home to handle paperwork and prepare her classes (she is a teacher).
I have a full time job and I officially have an office 10 miles from my home, but since all my team works from other cities I work from home, in another area of around 60 sq ft as well.
Can she claim deductions for her driving to and from work? Considering most people use their cars mostly to commute to/from work, there must be limits to what you can consider "claimable" and what you can't, otherwise everyone would claim back 80% of their mileage.
Can she claim deductions for her home office?
Can I claim deductions for my home office, even though I have an official work place that is not in my home?
Can we claim deductions for our home internet service?
I understand it can all be seen as a somewhat grey area, but obviously I want to act in good faith, taking advantage of all the deductions I am entitled to and not lie to the IRS and get in trouble in the future.