800,000 tax relief claims from homeworking staff

HMRC is calling on those who have worked from home this tax year to claim tax relief.

Self Assessment Tax Return

 

Since April, almost 800,000 employees who have been working from home during the pandemic have already submitted a claim for tax relief on household related costs, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed.

The saving is worth up to £125 per year for each employee, and eligible workers can claim the full year’s entitlement if they have been told to work from home by their employer, even if it has been for one day during the tax year.

Almost 1million working from home

Almost 800,000 people who have been working from home during the pandemic have claimed tax relief on household-related costs since April, according to HMRC, which is urging more people who are eligible to make a claim.

It says employees who have either returned to working in an office since early April or are preparing for their return to claim the working from home tax relief and benefit from the full year’s relief for the 2021 to 2022 tax year.

HMRC says employees can apply directly themselves through the online portal and receive the full tax relief that is due. Once their application has been approved, their tax code will be automatically adjusted for the 2021 to 2022 tax year, receiving the tax relief directly through their salary.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “More people are getting back to office working now, but it’s not too late to apply for tax relief on household expenses if they’ve been working from home during the pandemic.

“It’s quick and easy to check if you’re eligible and apply online.”

Since April last year, the maximum amount employers have been able to pay tax-free without employees having to provide evidence of an increased bill was set at £6 a week. Employees who have not received the working from home expenses payment direct from their employer can apply to receive the tax relief from HMRC.

Eligible people can claim tax relief based on the rate at which they pay tax. For example, if an employed worker pays the 20% basic rate of tax and claims tax relief on £6 a week, they would receive £1.20 a week in tax relief (20% of £6 a week) towards the cost of their household bills. Higher rate taxpayers would receive £2.40 a week (40% of £6 a week). Over the course of the year, this means people can reduce the tax they pay by £62.40 or £124.80 respectively.

If employees were required to work from home during the 2020 to 2021 tax year but did not claim for the tax relief, HMRC can still accept backdated claims for up to four years. They will receive a lump sum payment for any successful backdated claims.



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