Something that Employees may not have considered before - another new element of working from home - is tax relief.
Some Employers may already have a working from home "allowance" included in their standard Remuneration packages for Employees. However, most Employers won't have had a huge number of Employees working from home before and so this is all new territory!
Employees can apply for a little tax relief while working from home of £6 per week to help cover some of the additional costs of working from home e.g. extended lighting, heating etc. Read on to find out all the information on how to do this!
First things first - How much can I claim?
You can claim for up to £6 per week (£26 per month) to cover the additional costs of working from home, assuming you have no chosen to work from home.
What costs can I claim for?
The costs you can claim for must be work-related e.g. additional costs for business telephone calls, or gas and electricity as you're at home more. You cannot claim for things that you use for both private and business e.g. rent or broadband.
What proof will I need?
You don't need any records or paperwork. You just need to know your dates and claim amounts!
So what do I have to do?
First and foremost, go to:
Then it's time to go through the "Check if you can claim" process:
When you've claimed, the money doesn't automatically appear in your bank account - at the end of the financial year you may receive a rebate or a change to your tax code to ensure this relief is registered for you going forward.