Thousands of Brits working from home could claim £156 from the Government

Thousands of Brits have been quietly working at home throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Logging on from your kitchen table has many benefits – no commute, more time with the family and not needing to wear trousers (shirt and PJs anyone?).

However, there is a downside too.

Working from home adds extra costs to your household expenses from extra internet use to keeping the lights on all day.

Luckily, if you’ve been working from home you can claim back £26 from the government for each month you’ve spent WFH.

That’s a whopping £156 if you’ve been working from home since March.

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To claim the money you must have been sent to work at home by your employer – if you chose to WFH yourself then you are not entitled to the cash.

HMRC said: "You may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you have to pay because you have to work at home on a regular basis.

“You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.”

So, check the eligibility details before applying.

Expenses included in this include having to make business calls and additional household bills.

You cannot claim for things which are classed as both private and business expenses – like rent, broadband or food.

HMRC claim that expenses include: "the cost of things used only for your work, such as heating and lighting the room you work in, or the cost of business telephone calls."

Payments made are £6 per week tax free.

You can apply through HMRC or your employer and you do to need to keep records.

Self-employed people must apply for the money as tax relief through Self Assessment.

To apply for the money, head to the gov.uk website.

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