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You Can Now Apply Online to Claim Tax Relief if You Are an Employee Working from Home

Posted 19/10/2020

HMRC have launched an online portal to process the tax relief on additional expenses for employed workers who have been told to work from home by their employer to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 6 April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week tax-free to cover additional costs if they have had to work from home. Employees who have not received the working from home expenses payment direct from their employer can apply to receive the tax relief from HMRC.

Eligible taxpayers can claim tax relief based on the rate at which they pay tax. For example, if an employed worker pays the 20% basic rate of tax and claims tax relief on £6 a week, they would receive £1.20 a week in tax relief (20% of £6 a week) whilst higher rate taxpayers would therefore receive £2.40 a week (40% of £6 a week).

Once the application has been approved, the online portal will adjust an individual’s tax code for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. The employee will receive the tax relief directly through their salary and will continue to receive the adjustment until March 2021.

For more details and to check if you are eligible to claim see

Once you have checked your eligibility, you will be taken to the claim page where you will need to log-in using your Government Gateway log-in.

If you do not have a log-in, or have forgotten the details, you can manage this at that point.

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