Martin Lewis: Working from home due to coronavirus, even for a day? Claim TWO years' worth of tax re

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  • I’ve been working from home for 6 years due to company cutting costs to be able to expand. How do I claim for the years I knew nothing about this? The form is so complicated if given up until I saw your post on Twitter. Do I put the amount for each year as per advice for those working from home due to coronavirus? 
  • 50Twuncle
    50Twuncle Posts: 10,763 Forumite
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    edited 13 April 2020 at 3:55PM
    Is it really necessary to do this via postal form ?
    I used LIVE CHAT a few years ago to get tax relief issues on health insurance sorted out ....
    only I can no longer find HMRC Live chat - has it gone ?
  • 50Twuncle said:
    Is it really necessary to do this via postal form ?
    I used LIVE CHAT a few years ago to get tax relief issues on health insurance sorted out ....
    only I can no longer find HMRC Live chat - has it gone ?
    On a bank holiday in the middle of the current restrictions I suspect so.

    Tomorrow may be different.
  • 50Twuncle said:
    Is it really necessary to do this via postal form ?
    I used LIVE CHAT a few years ago to get tax relief issues on health insurance sorted out ....
    only I can no longer find HMRC Live chat - has it gone ?
    bit busy with dealing with covid19 issues, and Brexit is still an issue as well, and aren't most people even entitled to a day off on a bank holiday?
  • Would anybody know please that if your employer pays you the £6.00 per week, but only due to the Covid 19 crisis as they are making us work from home, is the employer able to claim any of the £6.00 back from the HMRC? I can’t find anything that says they can? Thanks in advance 
  • payless
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    JennieG said:
    Would anybody know please that if your employer pays you the £6.00 per week, but only due to the Covid 19 crisis as they are making us work from home, is the employer able to claim any of the £6.00 back from the HMRC? I can’t find anything that says they can? Thanks in advance 
    It’s classed as another business expense 
    Any posts on here are for information and discussion purposes only and shouldn't be seen as (financial) advice.
  • Hi, can anyone give advice please? My office closed at the end of March and to work from home I have had to buy a chair and a desk (two desks actually as I am suffering from a bad back and needed to change to a stand up one) so my question,  can I claim the tax back on these? Employer won't pay and it was about £200 altogether?
  • I am trying to claim this £1.20 per week, tax relief on my job as a school support worker (I am currently at home, training for next time, I am back at work) and discovered that Education / Schools are not even on the list of eligible professions.
    Does anyone know why and how I am supposed to claim this small comfort ?
  • jmfwilts
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    I'm luck enough that my employer pays me £90 per month "Working from home allowance". This is taxable though. It is supposed to cover broadband and heating costs. After tax and NI it just about covers the cost. Can I still claim the £6 month tax relief as the £90 has been taxed?
  • Hi, can anyone give advice please? My office closed at the end of March and to work from home I have had to buy a chair and a desk (two desks actually as I am suffering from a bad back and needed to change to a stand up one) so my question,  can I claim the tax back on these? Employer won't pay and it was about £200 altogether?
    Look at the DSE /reasonable adjustments policy and HSE website. Companies have to provide certain standards.
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