Don’t Forget to Claim WFH Tax Relief in Your 2019/20 Tax Return

A bull, to Neptune an oblation due,
Another bull to bright Apollo slew;
A milk-white ewe, the western winds to please,
And one coal-black, to calm the stormy seas.

This is a public service announcement to the 10 people who visit this blog rather than a regular blog post. Just in time for the 31 January deadline.

If your office closed in mid-March due to COVID, you can claim £4 per week as a WFH tax relief for the 2019/20 tax year without having to supply proof of additional costs. For me that comes to 12 English pounds! Yes, it’s peanuts, but having seen the sheer scale of the economic mismanagement, bullshit and waste that this government is trying to pass for a fiscal response to the pandemic, I’ll be damned if I pay a single pound more in tax than they can legally extort from me under a threat of prison and pillory.

If you can be bothered coming up with evidence (e.g. comparative electric and gas bills) to justify the additional cost incurred due to working from home, you could potentially claim more than £4 per week.

Additional costs include things like heating, 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.

You can also claim tax relief for any work equipment you have bought that has not been reimbursed by your employer. The full set of HMRC rules can be found here.

For the 2020/21 tax year the WFH tax relief will increase to £6 per week. So that’s a total of £312 for 52 weeks of working from home. If your marginal tax rate is 60%, this means £187.20 in your pocket and not the Tax Man’s.

Good luck, and don’t miss the 31 January deadline, lest they fine you £100 for being a day late! 🖖

2 thoughts on “Don’t Forget to Claim WFH Tax Relief in Your 2019/20 Tax Return”

    1. If it’s only a few days, you can probably still edit it online. For some mysterious reason I cannot fathom it takes them a few days to process a submitted return, during which time the return remains editable. Perhaps HMRC’s computers and servers have a union.

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