Urgent £140 warning to everyone who worked from home during covid

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When people were ordered to work from home during covid the government stepped in to help with bills. It ruled that anyone who worked from home for a single day could claim a tax allowance for the whole year.

This ran for two tax years - 2020/21 and 2021/22 - and meant over that period people could have an extra £280 in their pockets. But not everyone claimed the cash - and now, while you can still claim some of the money, time is running out.

Under government rules you can claim back four tax years, as long as the claim is in before the end of the financial year. This means people can still claim for the 2021/22 year - and you do not need any evidence to show you were working from home.

The rules changed in the 22/23 tax year but anyone who is forced to work from home rather than choosing it could still qualify for a rebate, according to the government website. While the rules are much stricter than before it is easy to see if you qualify and to make a claim if you do.

If you claimed previously it appears you need to claim again. This can be backdated four years.

According to the gov.uk website people might be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if they have to work at home for all or part of the week.

Can I claim tax relief

You can claim tax relief if you have to work from home, for example because:

  • your job requires you to live far away from your office

  • your employer does not have an office

Who cannot claim tax relief

You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home. This includes if:

  • your employment contract lets you work from home some or all of the time

  • you work from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • your employer has an office, but you cannot go there sometimes because it’s full

What you can claim for

You can only claim for things to do with your work, such as:

  • business phone calls

  • gas and electricity for your work area

You cannot claim for things that you use for both private and business use, such as rent or broadband access.

How much you can claim

You can either claim tax relief on:

  • £6 a week from 6 April 2020 - you will not need to keep evidence of your extra costs

  • the exact amount of extra costs you’ve incurred above the weekly amount - you’ll need evidence such as receipts, bills or contracts

You’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example:

If you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week, you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief (20% of £6). You’ll usually get tax relief through a change to your tax code. You can claim for this tax year and the 4 previous tax years.

How to claim

To check if you can claim and to make a claim if you are eligible visit here