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You Could Be Owed £156 If You've Been Working From Home

You Could Be Owed £156 If You've Been Working From Home

Working from home has no doubt come with its benefits (saying goodbye to the commute and cuppas on tap for two) but there are also some downsides - a huge one being extra costs incurred from taking your office indoors.

Luckily, if you've been WFH since lockdown started, you can claim back as much as £26 per month from the government for every month you've been out of the office to cover these unavoidable expenses.

If you've been WFH since March, this tots up to a tidy sum of £156. Not bad at all.

Been working from home since March? You could be owed £156 (Credit: Pexels)
Been working from home since March? You could be owed £156 (Credit: Pexels)
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It should be noted that you can only claim the money if you've been sent home by your employer, not if you are choosing to work from home.

"You may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you have to pay because you have to work at home on a regular basis. You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home," says HMRC.

These expenses include making business calls and the extra cost of household bills due to staying in such as gas, electricity and more.

You can't claim for things that qualify as both private and business use, such as rent, broadband access or food, sadly.

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According to HMRC, working from home expenses include "the cost of things used only for your work, such as heating and lighting the room you work in, or the cost of business telephone calls."

Payments come to £6 per week (that's £26 per month), which is tax-free, and you can apply for the relief through HMRC or through your employer. You will not have to keep any records.

Otherwise, self employed people must claim these expenses as tex relief through Self Assessment.

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Head here to claim for your working from home expenses.

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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.