In UK a person can claim tax relief for your job expenses if a person is working from home.
You may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if you have to work at home on a regular basis, either for all or part of the week. This includes if you have to work from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
A person can include additional costs including things like business calls, a new broadband connection, home contents insurance, heating, water bills. But it cannot be included costs which are the same and not related to working from home – i.e rent or council tax, an mortgage interest and etc.
How much you can claim
You can either claim tax relief on:
- £6 a week from 6 April 2020 (for previous tax years the rate is £4 a week) – you will not need to keep evidence of your extra costs
- the exact amount of extra costs you’ve incurred above the weekly amount – you’ll need evidence such as receipts, bills or contracts
You’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief (20% of £6).
Claim tax relief on equipment
You can claim tax relief on the full cost of equipment you’ve bought, for example a computer, chair or mobile phone, you have to buy to do your work.
You can only claim tax relief for equipment expenses if:
- you need it to do your job
- you use the equipment for work and there’s no significant private use – this includes using the equipment according to your company’s policy