New claims required for home working tax relief

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has stated that employees working from home will need to make new claims for tax relief for the 2021/22 tax year.

From 6th April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week tax-free to cover additional costs if they have had to work from home.

Employees who have not received the working from home expenses payment direct from their employer can apply to receive the tax relief from HMRC.

HMRC has also confirmed that the £6 per week payment is available in full. This is even if an employee splits their time between home and the office.

The tax relief allowance is to cover tax-deductible additional costs that employees who are required to work from home have incurred. This covers costs for items such as heating and lighting the workroom and making business telephone calls.

Last year, an online portal was launched that allows employees to claim tax relief for working at home. The portal was set up to process tax relief on additional expenses. This is for employed workers who have been told to work from home by their employer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new claims required for home working tax relief is of benefit to a lot of employees that have had to work from home during the COVID-19 situation. The tax relief available is subject to eligibility which can be seen on the Gov.uk website link.

Danielle Harvey of Harvey, Telford & Bates comments on the home working tax relief:

“Since the beginning of lockdown, a lot of us have had to work from home to maintain social distancing. This has, however, meant that there have been additional costs to household bills. This tax relief will provide some support to employees working from home during this time.

If you would like assistance or advice on this, please contact Harvey, Telford & Bates and speak to our expert team.”

Speak to one of our members of the team by calling us at 01743 462604 or email us at hello@htbaccountants.co.uk

To view the guidance on the Gov.uk website, please click here

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