Most savvy homeowners want to get every tax deduction they’re entitled to. Typically, though, a home security system does not qualify for a tax deduction. If your security system is only used to safeguard your personal property then it would fall under the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) list of nondeductible expenses.1
However, if you claim a home office or use your home for a business like a child care facility, you may also be able to claim a portion of your home security system.
In order to take advantage of the home office deduction, you must regularly and exclusively use the home office for business. If your home is used as a child daycare, then the portion of the house used doesn’t have to be exclusively devoted to the daycare—but there may be other requirements that need to be met in order to claim home security as a tax deduction.