• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Not for Personal Use

    If you use your cell phone for personal use, or only sparingly for business, you cannot claim a tax deduction for your cell phone bill on your income taxes.

    On the Other: Business Expense

    If you use a cell phone primarily for your business purposes, you can claim a deduction for the cost of the cell phone, according to If you plan to claim this deduction, minimize, or better yet completely eliminate, any personal use so the IRS will not question the claim.

    Bottom Line

    If you are going to claim the deduction, make sure that you keep your cell phone records to prove that most, if not all, of the calls made with the phone were for business. If you do not receive a list of calls made each month, request it from your provider.


    Entrepreneur: Tax Advice to Keep You Out of Trouble With the IRS

    IRS: Publication 529

  • Yes but only if you claim income from being self employed on your taxes and only for phone use was primarily used for business purposes (i.e., if the phone is a business expense). If you do not claim any self employment income then no.

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