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Telephone - Job Related

You may not deduct any part of the standard monthly charge for the first telephone line into your home. If you have more than one line which is used for business, the costs are fully deductible. The costs will include phone rentals, business long distance calls, and optional services such as call forwarding and call waiting. To avoid possible problems with the IRS, it is suggested that you maintain separate business and personal phone lines.

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