Tax Relief

Working from house within the Covid disaster? Remember to use for tax relief VAT

If you are one of the millions of people who have worked at home – either full or part time – because of Covid in the past 12 months, have you applied for tax breaks to which you are entitled?

Last October, HMRC launched an online portal that gives employees a hassle-free way to take advantage of the £ 6 per week relief without showing receipts or doing complicated calculations.

It is offered to employees who have been instructed by their employer to work from home – provided they have not received house expense payments directly from their company.

For employees who do not complete a self-assessment tax return every year, the online application page will redirect you to the Government Gateway where you will be asked for the date you started work from home. It automatically calculates what you owe – up to £ 250 for those who have worked from home since March 2020.

Payment is made by changing your tax code. It takes five minutes to file a claim provided you are registered with Government Gateway. Anyone who fills out a tax return every year should then claim it.

And finally

Two weeks ago we reported that Shell Energy had taken over Post’s broadband business. At the time, Shell said climate activists and other affected customers could go unpunished. Many money readers tried to leave but were told that exit fines would be payable. Shell has reaffirmed its stance and customer service staff have been reminded.

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