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How to claim up to £250 tax back for WFH due to COVID

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

For the tax year 2020-2021, HMRC altered its rules for those who had to work from home due to COVID - even if you only worked from home for one day, you could claim tax back for the whole 2020-2021 tax year.

It's now been confirmed that the same is possible for the 2021-2022 tax year too, as reported by MoneySavingExpert.

How much can I claim?

This means that if you're eligible to claim last year and this year, you can now claim back both amounts online - and get up to £250 returned to you. You need to have worked at least one day at home from 6 April 2020-5 April 2021 and this must be due to COVID. Then if you're still having to work from home now due to COVID, you should be eligible to claim for this year as well.

The tax relief is worth £62.40 per year for basic rate taxpayers and £124.80 for higher rate earners. 

If you're claiming for both years, you'll have last year as a tax refund and this year you'll receive the tax back in your pay, via a tax code change.

According to The Sun's report, the relief is "designed to help Brits cover the extra costs of remote working such as higher heating or water bills or a new broadband connection."

What do I need to apply?

To apply online with HMRC you'll need your national insurance number plus either a valid passport, P60, or a recent payslip. You'll have to set up a Government Gateway ID first (if you don't already have one), which takes around ten minutes online.

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Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate