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800,000 workers have benefited from tax relief while WFH

HMRC has revealed that almost 800,000 people have made use of the expenses payment that can be used against household costs.

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HMRC has shared that almost 800,000 people have benefited from tax relief while working from home amid the pandemic.

 

The tax relief is against household costs such as gas and electricity, metered water and business phone calls.

 

The figures which were released via HMRC’s online claims portal, stated that the saving is worth up to £125 per year per employee, reported Wales Online.

 

Plus, the relief can be backdated for four years – equating to a total sum of £500.

 

Employees who may be eligible can claim the full year entitlement if they have been told to work from home by their employer, even if it has only been for one day during the tax tear.

 

Myrtle Lloyd, director-general for customer services at HMRC, said: “More people are getting back to office working now, but it’s not too late to apply for tax relief on household expenses if they’ve been working from home during the pandemic.”

 

The new tax year begun on 6 April 2021, with more than three million claims for the tax relief having previously been received for the 2020/21 tax year.

 

Since April last year, the maximum amount employers have been able to pay tax-free without employees having to provide evidence of an increased bill was set at £6 a week.

 

However, workers who have not received the tax relief while working from home direct from their employer can apply to receive the tax relief from HMRC themselves.

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