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Martin Lewis reveals trick to get £125 back if you work from home

Anyone who was required to work from this year for even just one day can apply for tax relief worth £6 a week.
Anyone working from home can apply for tax relief (Picture: Getty/ REX)

Anyone who has been required to work for at least one day this year can apply for tax relief worth £6 a week.

The tax break is designed to cover the cost of any expenses you might run into while working from home, such as heating and electricity, or office supplies. Now the HMRC has changed their policy so the tax relief lasts the whole year – even if the claimant has only worked from home for one day over that period.

This is to save them from processing multiple claims from people who may have to repeatedly work from home due to coronavirus or restrictions in their area, Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis said.

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The policy means basic rate taxpayers can gain £62 a year by claiming the relief, while those on a higher rate can collect as much as £124. The only requirement is they have worked from home for at least one day since April 6 2020.

The tax relief also applies to those working a part-time role at home, or still going into the office the rest of the week.

Employees can also apply for more money if working from home has led to them encounter increased costs higher than the tax break – but will have to provide detailed evidence.

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The tax relief can save people up to £124 a year (Picture: Rex)

A spokesperson for HMRC told Martin: ‘We recognise that the working-from-home situation is very fluid this year, so we’re accepting claims for the full year’s expenses.

‘That includes even if people have only worked from home for some of the year, to avoid needing to contact us if you have to work from home again.’

HMRC has now made a dedicated webpage where people can apply for working at home tax relief. The tax break will then be automatically applied, with a letter sent in the post to confirm the change has been made.

The result will be less tax taken off workers’ payslips each month for the rest of the year.

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