Claim your working from home costs
Updated: Jul 12
Many employees will have spent much if not all of the last year working from home, and the trend looks set to stay. While the tax system enables employers to pay employees a tax-free allowance of £6 per week (£26 per month) to cover the additional household costs of working from home, employees with less generous employers can also benefit to a degree by claiming tax relief for the extra household costs that they incur as a result of working from home.
Employees can make a claim for £6 per week (£26 per month) without the need to provide evidence to prove that they have incurred additional costs of working at home. However, if the actual additional household costs are higher (and the employee is able to provide evidence to substantiate this if asked), they can claim the higher actual amount.
Relief is given at the taxpayer’s marginal rate of tax. Thus, an employee making a claim for a full year of £312 (12 x £26) will receive tax relief of £62.40 if they are a basic rate taxpayer, £124.80 if they are a higher rate taxpayer and £140.40 if they are an additional rate taxpayer.
HMRC are now accepting claims for 2021/22.
How to claim
There are various ways in which a claim can be made.
If the taxpayer completes a self-assessment tax return, a claim can be made in their tax return.
HMRC have also set up an online claim site, which is available on the Gov.uk website.
Claims can also be made on form P87. This too is available on the Gov.uk website.
The information contained within in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice specific to your own circumstances from your own adviser.