“There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” quipped the elder Trudeau back in 1967, when, as justice minister, he announced reforms to the Criminal Code that, among other measures, would decriminalize homosexuality.

But that famous statement doesn’t necessarily hold true when it comes to the taxman, who may indeed have a keen interest in what goes on in your bedroom, especially if you try to write it off as a home office.

Take the recent case, decided earlier this month, involving employment expenses. The taxpayer, a former Toronto-based marketing and communications consultant who now lives in Boston, was employed by a private company of which she was the sole director. Her job was to procure clients for the company’s advertising business.

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