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HMRC update: Britons warned of looming deadline to claim £125 tax relief – act now


HMRC, formally known as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, helps millions of people with their tax affairs each year, and during the pandemic has faced a new task. Since the start of the pandemic, HMRC has offered working from home tax relief, to assist the millions of people who have been forced to leave the office to stop the spread of COVID-19. Britons have been able to claim working from home tax relief, up to £6 per week tax-free to cover additional costs.

These costs may have racked up if an individual has been working from home, and can be claimed from an employer.

However, if a person has not received the expenses payment, they can apply to receive the tax relief directly from HMRC. 

While the payment has offered support to thousands of people thus far, there are still individuals who have not made a claim.

Now, HMRC is warning Britons they have one final chance to claim, as the tax year draws to a close.

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Alternatively, higher rate taxpayers – those paying 40 percent of tax – would therefore receive £2.40 a week.

Over the course of the year, an individual could therefore claim up to £124.80 if they are a higher rate taxpayer, or £62.40 for basic rate taxpayers.

Britons will be able to claim tax relief for additional costs if they have been required to work at home on a regular basis, but will not be able to claim the relief if they choose to work from home.

Applying for the tax relief can be achieved through the Government’s official website.

The online portal will enable Britons to check if they are eligible to receive the tax relief. 

Individuals will need a Government Gateway user ID and password, as well as their National Insurance number to hand when applying. 

However, for those who usually submit a Self Assessment tax return, this is the process individuals will need to apply via. 

People will not need to provide any evidence to show their bills are increased if they are applying for the £6 per week flat rate tax relief.

Alternatively, if a person chooses to wait until the end of the tax year or misses the payment, they shouldn’t worry.

This is because HMRC has confirmed employees will be able to receive the tax relief as a lump sum payment after this tax year. 

HMRC’s Interim Director General of Customer Services, Karl Khan, commented on the matter.

He said: “We want everyone to get the money that they are entitled to.

“We’ve made the online service as easy to use as we can – it takes just a few minutes to make a claim.”


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