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During the COVID pandemic the government relaxed the conditions to enable those working from home to be paid £6 a week tax free by their employer, or, where that was not paid by the employer, they could claim relief for £6 a week against their employment income for a tax refund from HMRC.
Those relaxed rules applied for 2020/21 and 2021/22. Many employers and employees may not be aware that from 6 April 2022 the rules reverted to the strict statutory position. Employees can claim tax relief if they have to work from home under a homeworking agreement, for example because:
Tax relief cannot be claimed if the employee chooses to work from home.This includes if:
What you can claim for
You can only claim for things to do with your work, such as:
You cannot claim for things that you use for both private and business use, such as rent or broadband access.
How much you can claim
You can either claim tax relief on:
You’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax.
You’ll usually get tax relief through a change to your tax code and can claim for this tax year and the 4 previous tax years.
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