Anyone who has had to work from home in the United Kingdom as a result of the COVID-19 may be able to claim some tax relief from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the period between 2021 and 2022.
Over 550,000 employed workers have already made a claim and have profited from the tax relief, which has come as welcome news amid rising energy costs.
If you found that your costs increased at home as a result of having to work away from the office, you are likely to be eligible for some support from HMRC.
In fact, while more than 550,000 employed workers have claimed, there have been more than three million people make a claim for tax relief during the 2020 to 2021 tax year.
“Half a million people have already reduced their Income Tax this year by up to 125, by claiming tax relief on their working from home expenses,” said Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC‘s Director General for Customer Services.
“We want everyone who’s eligible to benefit, so we’ve made it quick and easy to do online. Check if you’re eligible and apply at GOV.UK by searching ‘working from home tax relief’.
“HMRC is continuing to help and support people affected by the pandemic.”
Working from Home Tax Rebate amount
Beginning from 6 April 2020, employers have been able to pay a tax-free amount of up to 6 a week without employers having to provide evidence of an increased bill.
Therefore, any eligible employees receiving the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on 6 a week would get 1.20 a week in tax relief (20% of 6 a week), which would go towards the cost of household bills.
Anyone paying a higher rate of tax would receive 2.40 a week (40% of 6 a week), which means that employees can reduce the tax they pay by 62.40 or 124.80 respectively.