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If I'm self-employed, can I deduct my cell phone as a business expense?

You can claim a deduction for cell phone charges when you use the phone exclusively for business. You can also deduct additional business-related charges that you incur.

When you use a personal cell phone for business, you usually can’t deduct the regular monthly expense. However, you might be able to if you can find out the business-use percentage of the phone on a month-by-month basis.

Adequate documentation could include a log with these:

  • Notes that indicate whether each call was personal or business
  • Business purpose of each call

Also, your cell phone can’t be your primary residential phone. Additional cell phone charges like these are considered business expenses:

  • Charges for business-related long-distance calls
  •  Roaming charges related to those business calls
  • Additional services added specifically due to business needs
  • Plan increases specifically due to business needs

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