Martin Lewis has issued an alert to employees forced to work from home after being pinged from the NHS app.
The MoneySavingExpert founder explained on his blog that even if you only had to work from home for one day, you can claim a full year of tax refunds – two if you count the previous financial year.
Employees have always been able to claim additional costs, for example for heating or electricity, if their employer had to work from home.
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However, Mr Lewis said HMRC had explicitly confirmed to him that this relief applies to employees who work at home as their workplace is closed due to coronavirus measures, as well as those who self-isolate after being taken from NHS Test and Trace informed or pinged by the NHS App.
The online service was first introduced during the 2020 lockdown for the 2020/2021 tax year and is now also valid for 2021/22. This means you could be entitled to up to £ 280 worth of two year relief.
Mr Lewis explained that while employers can pay you an extra £ 6 a week tax-free for your expenses, most of them don’t because they are struggling. So instead you can apply for a £ 6 weekly tax credit to be deducted from your taxable income.
You don’t have to justify the amount with receipts or other information, which makes the process hassle-free. Even if you work part-time, you can still make a claim.
You can claim more than £ 6 a week if you have higher costs, but it is more involved – providing evidence and apportioning those additional costs specifically to the fact that you are working from home.
Anyone who is gainfully employed but pays their tax annually through self-assessment – for example people with a higher income – cannot use the online service, but can still claim the tax exemption when filling out the self-assessment form.
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