Martin Lewis urges people working from home to act now – you could get £280 from HMRC – Express

by MoneySaverExpert

The Money Saving Expert founder said there have been unconfirmed reports in the press that the Treasury may close the tax rebate site at any given time. Martin Lewis said people should act now and claim their rebate, just in case.

Working from home tax rebates were introduced during the 2020 lockdown by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Even if Britons only worked from home for a day, they could be entitled to a year’s tax relief worth £140.

On top of that they can apply for another year’s rebate if they worked from home in 2021 for just one day.

It’s not the first time that the financial journalist has encouraged Britons to claim their working from home tax rebates which could be worth up to £280.

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This time, however, Mr Lewis is reminding people to act quickly before it’s too late because he said “time is ticking”.

In a post on MoneySavingExpert he said: “These changes are all, of course, driven by the pandemic, which has seen many firms have to close workplaces, sometimes several times, meaning millions of UK staff have been required to work from home temporarily.

“HMRC has specifically confirmed to me that claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures, if their usual workplace is closed, count for this relief.

“The same also applies if you have to work from home because you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or because you’re self-isolating having been pinged by the NHS app.”

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Approximately three million Britons have put in a claim for their working from home tax rebate so far, but many more could be missing out.

The tax relief is to help people meet higher water, telephone and energy bills associated with working from home.

The exact amount of tax relief someone will receive will be based on the rate at which they pay tax.

Britons who pay the 20 percent basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week could get £1.20 per week in tax relief which is 20 percent of £6.

To submit a claim people should go onto the HMRC website.

If their claim is approved, their tax code will be adjusted for the next tax year.

They will then get a tax rebate through their salary.

For basic rate taxpayers this should amount to around an extra £5 a month.

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