Uk news Martin Lewis confirms tax break no matter how many days you work from home MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Remote workers can fill out an online form to claim back £6 per week for additional costs
Breaking News ! Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across Scotland which means a large number of employees are still working from home with restricted or no time at all spent in the office. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed last week that the next review on the reopening of non-essential offices will take place on October 1, with many businesses across the country not expecting to open their doors to staff until October 31 - at the earliest. And now money-saving expert, Martin Lewis, has some good news for remote workers. Martin Lewis explains how you can claim the tax break no matter how many days a week you work from home (Image: ITV) The financial guru and founder of MoneySavingExpert.com has confirmed that employees are still entitled to a £6 a week tax break for working from home - even if they spend some of the week in the office. This is a welcome boost for many workers, especially those on furlough who may be working reduced hours as it means they can still keep claiming the cash as if they were working from home full time. Read More Related Articles Lockdown easing in Scotland: Stay in the know with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Martin Lewis encourages people claiming Universal Credit to take advantage of this DWP bonus scheme Martin broke the news to his followers on Twitter, posting: “It's confirmed this applies even if you're only required to work from home part of the week.” The consumer champion has worked tirelessly since lockdown began to help workers and those affected by Covid-19 to access the financial support they are entitled to. Explaining the tax break on the MoneySavingExpert.com website, Martin wrote: “It's all thanks to an allowance in place to cover the increase in your bills that results from spending all your time at home. "If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and have always been able to – claim for increased costs due to working from home, eg, heating and electricity." Martin also explained how there’s no need for anyone to try and work out exactly how much to claim back from HM Revenue and Customs. He wrote: "Apportioning these costs is tough. So instead you can, in simple terms, claim a rate of £6 a week.
You can claim the tax break no matter how many days a week you work from home
Martin outlined two ways to claim the tax break back. "If you normally do a self-assessment form, you can claim on it," he wrote. "Yet for most people, this will simply require filling in a P87 form." Martin said you can do this online with a P87 form using your Government Gateway account or by filling out a postal P87 form. He clarified that: "You'll be asked for your employer's name and PAYE reference (which you can find on your payslip or P60), and your job title. "For postal P87s, you'll also need your national insurance number." He highlighted the key section to fill in is the "Using your home as an office" section.
For the online form, Martin said it's easiest to put £6 for each week spent at home in the "amount you have paid" section and £0 in the "amount paid to you by your employer" section if they haven't boosted your wages. If you're claiming through the postal form, you need to add a "Using your home as an office" expense in the "Other expenses" section manually. "Once you've submitted the claim, if you do it online you may hear back within a couple of weeks. However, obviously if HMRC is under pressure it may take longer," Martin said. You can find more coronavirus consumer-related tips and guides on the MoneySavingExpert.com website here.
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