Claim Tax relief – Coronavirus Update

If you have had to work at home at any point since 6 April 2020, you can claim tax relief on £6-00 a week, without justifying it according to HMRC. If a person feels they have incurred higher cost then they are entitled to claim, but will have to justify by showing receipts and proportioning outlay. 

A person can claim tax relief on £6-00 a week from their employer. If, however, the employer won’t pay expenses for your extra costs due to working from home. A person can ask for the amount to be deducted from their taxable income. 

(Tax relief of £6 a week equates to a gain of £1.20 a week for a basic 20% rate taxpayer, £2.40 a week for a higher 40% rate taxpayer.) 

If you have had to work at home at any point since 6 April 2020 (the start of the tax year) and you have higher costs due to it, claim immediately.

If you have been working at home since lockdown started on 23 March 2020 – just put that date in. Do that and you’ll get a refund for the whole of this tax year (which started 6 April 2020) and two weeks extra on top.

Part Time or Work At Home Part Time. 

If you are required to work at home part time. HMRC has confirmed to us that as long as you are required to work at home and have additional expenses due to it, even if…

1. It is only working from home part-time. 

2. You are only needed to work at home, say, one day in five and were in the office the rest of the week

3. you can still claim the full £6 allowance (whether as a payment from your firm, or as a tax break) and you too can claim for the entire 2020/21 tax year.

Couples can claim, subject to…

The working from home tax relief is an individual benefit. So if a couple says it’s fair to say that costs have increased specifically from each individual working from home, then you can all claim it. 

New HMRC Service to claim.

To process these claims, in October 2020, HMRC set up a new dedicated WORKING FROM HOME MICRO-SERVICE  (click link here https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home  ) that will  automatically apply the whole 2020/21 tax year’s relief via your tax code – making claiming the whole amount very easy. Anyone making a claim for this tax year, who hasn’t already put in a claim, can use it.

Government Gateway ID. 

You’ll need to have your Government Gateway ID to do it. If you don’t have one, you can create one as part of the process. 

Don’t expect to receive a cheque for this money though. It is done by altering your tax code which is what indicates to your employer how much tax to take off your payslip 

The result will be less tax taken off each month for the rest of the year which means you’ll take home more.

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