Working From Home Tax Relief Guide

Employed and have to work from home? You can normally claim tax relief on some of your household expenses.

If you work from home, you could be eligible to make a claim. No matter what job, our tax guide lets you know if you’re eligible and how to claim back if you are.

 

Can I claim?

To be eligible to claim tax relief for working from home your contract must state that it’s a requirement of your job. Alternatively your employer can provide a letter confirming that you work from home as part of your duties.

What can I claim tax relief on?

You’re allowed to claim tax relief on the extra expenses you incur to heat and light your work area. Normally these are:

  • The additional cost of utilities (gas and electricity).
  • Work related phone calls.

Work from home tax relief isn’t allowed on household expenses you would be paying for anyway, such as rent or mortgage payments. And it doesn’t cover expenses that relate to both business and private use, like broadband and telephone line rental. You may entitled to other tax reliefs which you can find out more about from our tax guides section.

How much tax relief can I get?

You can claim agreed rates without having to provide receipts.

Working at home agreed rates:

2012/2013   onwards –  £4 per week

If you need to claim more than the agreed rates you’ll need evidence that shows the extra cost you incurred from working at home.

I volunteer to work at home, can I still claim?

If you’ve made a ‘homeworking arrangement’ with your employer, and work at home on a regular basis you should still be able to make a claim if:

  • There’s a recognisable pattern – for example three days at home and two days at your normal place of work.
  • Any work you do at home is part of your employment.

To claim work from home tax relief in this situation your employer must make a contribution towards your expenses.

How do I make a claim?

Tax Rebate Services offers a specialised service to help you claim back your tax relief quickly, safely and securely. Our qualified accountants make the process simple and hassle free and you can be confident that your claim will be dealt with professionally.

Still unsure about your working from home tax refund? Contact our friendly and professional team to discuss your claim.

 

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