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Martin Lewis: Working From Home Due To Coronavirus? Claim £6/week Tax Back On Extra Costs


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#1 mab01uk

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 10:31 PM

"If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and have always been able to – claim for increased costs due to working from home, eg, heating and electricity.

Clearly, right now many firms have closed workplaces and that means across the UK millions of staff are temporarily required to work from home, and therefore are eligible to claim for increased costs. HMRC says it will consider claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures if their usual workplace is closed.

Yet apportioning these costs is tough. So instead you can, in simple terms, claim a rate of £6/week. You can claim more if your costs are higher, but it becomes a much more labour intensive process."

There are two ways to do this:-

https://blog.moneysa...--claim-p6-wk-/

 



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Posted 24 July 2020 - 01:59 PM

I have considered this, but in effect, I'll be taking money away from the NHS and the government who are paying people's Furlough wages. I know that it is costing me money to work from home, but also, I'm not spending anywhere near as much as I was on Fuel (14 weeks between fill ups now, instead of 10 days!), plus I'm not going to pub / restaurants / attractions spending money, so in effect I'm better off!

 

Maybe if I'm still working from home in a years time, I'll think about it then!



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Posted 24 July 2020 - 05:08 PM

I agree Cooper Mac, it’s nice to see someone thinking about the bigger picture rather than just grabbing everything they can. My partner will save £6k a year and get 3 hours of her day back by not travelling into the City, claiming a few extra ££’s from the pot seems a bit short sighted.

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 08:09 PM

Wow PoolGuy, 3 hours a day gained by your partner is worth more than money can buy! That is truly a great result, unless that gives you less time to work on your cars! 😂🤣

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 05:25 PM

I look at it like this. If like me you work in an industry thats been heavily impacted by this pandemic and due to the cuts your company has had to make to try and survive, then that little bit of extra cost you incur at home by working at home is dwarfed by the fact you can keep your job. 

 

Then you weigh up the other positives. Reduced travelling costs, zero travelling, more family time due to the zero travelling, happier working environment etc etc etc.

 

Now if you are self employed its moot as you would have claimed for these costs if you had registered your home address as your business.

 

My wife would love to work from home full time. She did for a while as her boss made the call to close the office and she loved. Even more so with me being on furlough so bringing her tea and biscuits etc.



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Posted 25 July 2020 - 06:03 PM

Wow PoolGuy, 3 hours a day gained by your partner is worth more than money can buy! That is truly a great result, unless that gives you less time to work on your cars!

And it's looking like she'll be asked to WFH permanently, they've already confirmed that she won't be back in the office this year.



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Posted 25 July 2020 - 07:41 PM

This is another side to this as well. IF your company insists you work from home then its incumbent on them to make sure your infrastructure is suitable for works purposes.

 

I'm positive there will need to be a risk assessment and also what about your home insurance?? Worth checking into.



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:10 AM

Good point sonikk, if you weren’t working from home before Covid, you’ll need to do a risk assessment (HSE provide a checklist) and your insurance company need to know. Unless you’re having work related visitors to your house it’s unlikely to increase your premium, but if you are you’ll need public liability cover too. (All assuming that those who were working from home on an occasional or permanent basis had proper cover before Covid)

I expect this is similar to car insurance when mods are done, lots of people won’t have proper cover.




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