During the Coronavirus outbreak, many of us have been required to work from home. But did you know that you can claim a proportion of costs as compensation for increased costs in your household bills?
You can claim a rate of £6 per week and can claim more if you are experiencing higher costs however, anything over the rate of £6 per week will be more of a lengthy process.
The HMRC have stated that there are 2 ways in which you can claim:
The first is that you can ask to have the £6 per week deducted from your gross pay. You will not have to do anything more than this and will not have to keep any records to prove your additional costs. You can do this via a self-assessment form or filling in a P87 form though the online form.
If the company you work for is still performing well, you could always approach your employer and ask that they pay you the tax free allowance of £6 per week.
How to claim
HMRC will want to know who you work for and your PAYE reference number, which you can find on your payslip or request from your payroll department. You may also need your National Insurance number, so it is important that you have this to hand.
Once you have completed the online form, it is likely that the HMRC will change your tax code to ensure that these changes take place over the year, so if you are only working from home for a short period of time you may want to consider leaving your claim until you return to work.
You should normally expect to hear from the HMRC within 14 working days however, these are not normal times that we live in at present, so do not worry if it takes a little while longer.
Have you had any experience with this? Let me know how you have got on below in the comments.