Working from home expenses & tax relief
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).
You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.
You may be able to claim tax relief for:
- gas and electricity
- metered water
- business phone calls, including dial-up internet access
You cannot claim for the whole bill, just the part that relates to your work.
How much you can claim
You may be able to 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).
Make a claim
Check if you can claim through the government tax service. You'll be directed to your personal tax account to make a claim if you're eligible.
For 2022/23 tax year, the government have tightened up the eligibility criteria. We'll update this article in due course once we've confirmed what we believe the change means for our members.