You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.
What costs you can claim for
Additional costs include things like heating your work area, metered water bills, home contents insurance, business calls or a new broadband connection. They do not include costs that would stay the same whether you were working at home or in an office, such as mortgage interest, rent or council tax.
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 – but 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).
In order to progress a claim, you will need a Government Gateway user ID and password.
You can create a user ID and password if you don’t already have one, it takes about ten minutes. You’ll need to hand your National Insurance number and a recent payslip, or a valid UK passport.
How do I get the money?
The money you’ll get back won’t be via a cheque in the post or a bank transfer, it’ll be through reduced tax. Your tax code will be altered which means you’ll pay less tax each month – and you should see the difference in your pay packet.
Remember, you won’t receive the full £6 a week – just the tax relief on the £6.