If you’re required to work from home, you’re able to claim a tax refund from HMRC. Take a look at how to request your refund and how much it might be worth.
Obviously, times have changed a lot over the last few months and many people have been left working from home. And the fact is, for some, this could become a permanent arrangement.
Although it’s always been available, I don’t think there’s been a better time to discuss the fact you can claim a tax refund for working from home.
Why are you entitled to a refund?
I’m sure you’re aware that working from home isn’t completely free and you’ll be racking up some extra costs, especially when it comes to electricity and gas. Because of this, you can claim some extra help.
How much can you claim?
There are 2 methods of claiming.
- Your employer can pay you an extra £6 per week tax-free. However, many firms aren’t that generous, so this might not be available to you.
- You can claim tax relief on £6 per week. For a basic rate payer that is worth £1.20 per week and £2.40 per week for the higher rate payers.
How to claim your tax relief
If you already complete self-assessment forms, you can use this to put in your claim.
What you need to know before you fill out the form:
- Employer’s name
- Employer’s PAYE reference (found on a payslip or P60)
- Job title
- National Insurance number (for the postal form)
There are two important boxes to take note of when filling out the online claim form:
Amount paid by you – here you will need to put £6. This is the agreed amount and means you don’t have to provide receipts for your increase in costs.
Amount paid to you by your employer – if your employer hasn’t paid you extra for working from home, then put £0 here.
Can it be backdated?
You can claim your tax relief retrospectively. So if you’re still working from home and you’re unsure when you’ll return back to the office, it’s best to wait and just put in one claim.
Is it worth claiming?
As with any tax relief, this isn’t a life-changing amount. But claiming won’t take long and it’s important to save every penny when you can.