June 7, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I work as a sales rep for a company based in Chicago. We have no local office, so I work from home in a converted storage closet that's about 10 feet by 9 feet. I have my company's laptop and my desk and chair there, period. I have never claimed any of my expenses for this office on my 1040. I just did not want to get involved in a hassle with Uncle Sam, because I understand that a home-office deduction is a flag for them to audit me. The guy who prepared my 2012 return told me that he thinks that the IRS is going to have some alternative to listing those expenses for a home-expenses automobile (something like the per-mile auto allowance)
October 27, 1988 |
The high-tech industry seems to have an unlimited capacity to dream up new products for state-of-the-art consumers to buy, and this month has produced enough gadgets to fill a hard disk. The home office is hot and getting hotter, as these new products show: Canon has added three new low-cost copiers to its line, the PC-3, 5 and 5L; prices range from $745 to $1,095. Ricoh has three new compact fax machines, the FAX10E, 20E and 60E. All include the newly accepted CCITT error-correction mode.
November 5, 2004 |
Laptops now surpass desktops as the number-one personal computer sold to consumers, the Consumer Electronics Association says. The mobility they represent is influencing home-office furnishings, too. "Time was when everything was about computer cabinetry - all kinds of gymnastics to accommodate big monitors," says West Chester architect Richard Buchanan. "Now, we're finding home offices tend to be very lovely sitting-room spaces where people can pull out a laptop and go to work.
September 25, 1988 |
A regiment of designers is at work creating furniture for the newest room in the house - the office. Don't expect to see those designs too soon, however, say trend-watchers in the work-at-home field, because consumers seem reluctant to buy. The reason? Although 6 million people work at home full time, and 13.8 million work at home at least eight hours a week, working at home usually is temporary for most people, according to the experts. And temporary often connotes "make-do" and "makeshift," which does not translate into high sales potential.
June 13, 1991 |
The home-office business got a new competitor yesterday when Sears, one of the nation's largest but more troubled retailers, unveiled a new store department here. Called "The Office Center," the 2,000-square-foot department will carry 85 brand names of office supplies and accessories and will be located within its general retail stores. Sears plans to add the department in 12 Philadelphia-area stores. Eight area stores already have the "Office Center," although they won't officially open until June 22. The company heralded the news as "a pretty significant announcement.
October 12, 2007 |
Even in these slack times for the furniture industry, two specialty categories remain a bright spot for sales: home entertainment and home office. At the High Point Market, the range of styles for stowing behemoth flat-panel TVs was incredible. There were enormous, configurable, wall-spanning units (with built-in mounting panels or doors), as well as sleek consoles in various heights (with plasma-lift options and without). Increasingly common, too, were chests and bureaus with drop-down drawer fronts to hold the DVD player for that TV in the bedroom.
January 12, 1989 |
Members of the East Torresdale Civic Association agreed Monday night to pass around a petition among neighbors of a dentist's home and office to oppose an addition to the house. The house, residence of Dr. Anthony L. Checchio, also is used by him and two other dentists as an office, Checchio confirmed Tuesday. The zoning code allows only a doctor who lives on the premises to operate his practice in a house. But Checchio said he had used the property for an office for 30 years.
July 29, 2009 |
WHAT HAPPENS in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what about what happens in Los Angeles? Can that stay in Vegas, too? Police and federal drug agents hope not, as yesterday they searched the sprawling Las Vegas home and medical office of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal doctor, seeking documents as part of a manslaughter investigation into MJ's death. Police (from L.A.) and DEA agents entered Murray's home while others across town searched his medical offices, the not-so-humbly-titled Global Cardiovascular Associates Inc. (On USA's "Royal Pains," the concierge doc calls his company HankMed.
July 7, 1987 |
About 90 people showed up at a Cherry Hill Planning Board meeting last night to discuss a controversial proposal that would permit professional offices in residential zones along five major roads. The board took no action on the proposal last night. The board, which must make a recommendation to the Township Council, is considering whether to allow offices on portions of Springdale Road south of Route 70; Route 70 in Erlton; Greentree Road between Route 70 and Springdale Road; Kings Highway south of Route 70, and Haddonfield-Berlin Road from the Tavistock housing development to the border with Haddonfield.
October 26, 1998 |
While many businesspeople worry about computers and the year 2000, Gretchen Edwards gets anxious about people in the year 2015 and beyond. Edwards, who is the head of Interior Design Inc., based in Telford, says that while people are living longer, they will not necessarily live better. Getting around becomes more difficult, and not enough homes and buildings are constructed with that in mind. After studying nursing and then art and design, Edwards married and raised a family.