Since the pandemic, needless to say that people have seen their household bills rise since having no choice but to work from home due to Coronavirus restrictions.
Increased electricity, water and gas use and even possibly also having to upgrade your broadband package – these are extra costs you wouldn’t usually incur if you were still in the office.
Thankfully, this is something that still continues to be recognised by the Government, and they have confirmed that workers are able to continue to claim the home working tax allowance in the new tax year. This means that workers will be able to cover home working costs with a £6 a week allowance which can be applied for any time, even if you have only worked at home for 1 day because of Coronavirus restrictions.
£6 per week working from home allowance for the 2021/22 tax year is worth:
- £62 for basic rate taxpayers (20%)
- £125 for higher rate taxpayers (40%)
- £140 for additional rate taxpayers (45%)
If you haven’t claimed your working from home allowance for the 2020/21 tax year, don’t worry! You can still claim for this period, as well as the current tax year.
Check if you can claim on the HMRC microservice website