HMRC - Reclaim heating / lighting costs if you have a home office SEE POST 1 RE CAPITAL GAINS
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HMRC - Reclaim heating / lighting costs if you have a home office SEE POST 1 RE CAPITAL GAINS

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Found 13th Jan 2014
I have just reclaimed the cost of heating /lighting my home office from HMRC. I need a home office as part of my job - sales representative. You can claim £4 per week without too much hassle. You need to provide a copy of your employment contract and fill out a form, the process takes a couple of months but you can backdate to 2009. I claimed £900 and recived the full amount A nice little bonus after christmas.

I dont usually do things like this but I am entitled to it and I am following the example set by our lovely politicans.

Obviously not for everyone, but hopefully will help some.

EDIT:

I made a slight mistake with the post. The correct steps you need to take to claim:

Step 1: send a cover letter stating that you want to claim for home as office expenses, including the amount you wish to claim for (£4 per week) and the dates you wish to claim for. Also include your employment contract. Show NI number
Step 2: HMRC will send you a form to complete and return
Step 3: receive cheque in post and go on holiday

EDIT:

Ongoing, your tax code is adjusted to include an allowance for this expense

EDIT:

Some users have reported it possible to achieve this simply by ringing HMRC, I think it depends on the advisor you speak to

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Seems good but be warned that when you come to sell your house HMRC can claim that your home office doesn't form part of your principal private residence and a portion of the capital gain of your house will therefore be taxable. If this portion of your capital gain is more than £10K then you will be paying tax on it when you move house. I was advised by my accountant NOT to claim for this allowance due to this possibility.

HMRC - Capital Gains Tax relief on your own home

You don't usually have to pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell or dispose of your own home. This is because you get a relief called Private Residence Relief. You may have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you own more than one home or you use your home for business purposes.
Edited by: "brookheather" 13th Jan 2014
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Sounds like a good tip. I work from home two days a week does this count? Problem I have is that it's not in my employment contact it's flexible working given to me 2 years ago.

Original Poster

Probably worth giving them a call as I'm no expert, but good luck. The number - 0300 200 3300

vazzt

Sounds like a good tip. I work from home two days a week does this count? … Sounds like a good tip. I work from home two days a week does this count? Problem I have is that it's not in my employment contact it's flexible working given to me 2 years ago.



Probably worth giving them a call as I'm no expert, but good luck. The number - 0300 200 3300

Where can I download the form
Edited by: "superpal" 13th Jan 2014

superpal

When can I download the form

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Whenever you want

thanks op, but this isnt really a deal as much as information, could we get it moved to info?

Thanks did not know this... will apply for it.

As info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take advantage of in store is included in deals- surely this should also be?

Cheapasnowt

As info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take … As info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take advantage of in store is included in deals- surely this should also be?



I read this five times now and still can't understand what you're trying to say...?


hot deal - but personally being self employed have an accountant for this sort of thing

Original Poster

superpal

Where can I download the form



From the website

Cheapasnowt

As info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take … As info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take advantage of in store is included in deals- surely this should also be?




I agree, along with the various "HEADS UP SALE AT ... STARTING IN 6 MONTHS TIME" threads. If there is going to be a rule, it has to be a rule for everything.

Hi, I am working at home now and I am just wondering when you claim the expenses does it mean just to deduct from the amount to be taxed or you actually get the expenses reimbursed. Say you got £900 refunded or just deduct from the amount of income to be taxed.
Thanks

Why don't you all buy candles from Ikea instead so the taxpayer can spend money on important things like MP's expenses and bank bailouts.

moosery2

I read this five times now and still can't understand what you're trying … I read this five times now and still can't understand what you're trying to say...?



He's saying that as info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take advantage of in store is included in deals- surely this should also be?

Does this work for the self employed?

Seems good but be warned that when you come to sell your house HMRC can claim that your home office doesn't form part of your principal private residence and a portion of the capital gain of your house will therefore be taxable. If this portion of your capital gain is more than £10K then you will be paying tax on it when you move house. I was advised by my accountant NOT to claim for this allowance due to this possibility.

HMRC - Capital Gains Tax relief on your own home

You don't usually have to pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell or dispose of your own home. This is because you get a relief called Private Residence Relief. You may have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you own more than one home or you use your home for business purposes.
Edited by: "brookheather" 13th Jan 2014

Thanks for this, I was contracted to work from home for 2.5 years and didn't know anything about this. Seeking the paperwork out now (and informed my old colleagues). Finger crossed :O)

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kipikachuko

Hi, I am working at home now and I am just wondering when you claim the … Hi, I am working at home now and I am just wondering when you claim the expenses does it mean just to deduct from the amount to be taxed or you actually get the expenses reimbursed. Say you got £900 refunded or just deduct from the amount of income to be taxed.Thanks



I received a cheque for the full amount

quezi

He's saying that as info about specific deals which only 1 individual is … He's saying that as info about specific deals which only 1 individual is able to take advantage of in store is included in deals- surely this should also be?




oh. Well I guess hotukdeals needs a moneysavingexpert.com section then

OP is being a little simplistic, yes you need to show your employment contract, you also need to set aside a room in your own home. Taxes are very complicated and different taxes do have different rules, for example if you come to sell your house in the future, you may be charged as a capital gain as not all your home is your private residence, etc. Also there may be issues with the truth of the matter, do you really have a dedicated work office, or do you sit at your laptop whilst watching the telly in your living room?

You can claim more than that - mortgage interest, home improvements if in the office, council tax for the portion of the home used etc

I'm self employed and work from home and I always hear about being able to do this kind of thing but have no idea how to actually go about it.

So how does it work if you're self employed and so don't have an employment contract?

This is useful info if you have a home office, but it's hardly a hot deal.

You can also claim an allowance if you wear a uniform for work (anything from full kit to a branded polo shirt) that you have to wash and iron at home, but it's not a hot deal either.

vazzt

Sounds like a good tip. I work from home two days a week does this count? … Sounds like a good tip. I work from home two days a week does this count? Problem I have is that it's not in my employment contact it's flexible working given to me 2 years ago.



No you can't, I've looked into it - relevant section is

What if you volunteer to work at home?You might volunteer to work at home … What if you volunteer to work at home?You might volunteer to work at home under a 'homeworking arrangement'. A homeworking arrangement is an agreement with your employer that you'll work at home on a regular basis.You don't have to work at home every day but there must be a regular pattern - for example two days at home and three days in your employer's premises each week. The work you do at home must be work that you're required to do as part of your employment.If you've got an arrangement like that, your employer can contribute towards your expenses of working at home - £4.00 per week (from 2012-13) or more if you can show that you had to spend more than that. You won't have to pay tax and National Insurance contributions on the amount. However, if your employer doesn't contribute you can't get tax relief for your expenses of working at home.

Only on hotukdeals will people cry and complain about a thread being in the wrong place or the fact they can't get the deal. It doesn't matter if you can't get it and not everyone is eligible, it will help people out, stop crying, it's just the internet, it's just a website, one post isn't going to affect you

brookheather

Seems good but be warned that when you come to sell your house HMRC can … Seems good but be warned that when you come to sell your house HMRC can claim that your home office doesn't form part of your principal private residence and a portion of the capital gain of your house will therefore be taxable. If this portion of your capital gain is more than £10K then you will be paying tax on it when you move house. I was advised by my accountant NOT to claim for this allowance due to this possibility.




not exactly true. If you claim % of home is used solely as business then yes, that risk does theoretically exist (literally, theoretically!) but this is simply claiming expenses, lighting, heating and broadband as applicable for use at home. The burden of proof on HMRC to establish that you have an entire room that you only use for working at home one day a week, haha, no..that won't happen. Unless of course you actually tell them that's what you do.

reddragon105

I'm self employed and work from home and I always hear about being able … I'm self employed and work from home and I always hear about being able to do this kind of thing but have no idea how to actually go about it.So how does it work if you're self employed and so don't have an employment contract?




Get an accountant. Seriously, they will pay for themselves.

As I understand it (and I'm far from an expert - I just work self employed from home and have had advice from a good accountant), it's not a good idea to claim a proportion of all household expenses unless your office can be locked as a separate room and use wholly and solely for the business.
....in other words, if you ever use it for anything other than work you're on dodgy ground claiming for a proportion.

That said I'm told that £5 per week is reasonable claim without having to have a lockable separate room or one that's sole purpose is for the business - but that might be specific to my circumstances!
However, like I say, I am no expert - so you're best contacting HMRC to discuss your specific circumstances.

That said, good post OP - it's good to know there is a possibility to claim something back off your tax bill if you work from home.

Woobee, doesn't that section mean I can claim it.

Original Poster

DJBenz

This is useful info if you have a home office, but it's hardly a hot … This is useful info if you have a home office, but it's hardly a hot deal.You can also claim an allowance if you wear a uniform for work (anything from full kit to a branded polo shirt) that you have to wash and iron at home, but it's not a hot deal either.



£900 for nothing seems a fairly good deal to me

So if your successful in your claim and running your business from home then you maybe liable to pay business rates voa.gov.uk/cor…tml
I wonder if they would back date it ..........
Edited by: "neils31" 13th Jan 2014

how many months did the whole process take beofre you got check.
how days a week do you work

Original Poster

neils31

So if your successful in your claim and running your business from home … So if your successful in your claim and running your business from home then you maybe liable to pay business rates http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/Publications/workingFromHome.htmlI wonder if they would back date it ..........



It's not my business, I'm employed

moosery2

Get an accountant. Seriously, they will pay for themselves.



If you are a sole trader and have simple income/expenditure and not vat registered, an accountant can be a very expensive service. Just use self assessment.
If you do get/have an accountant, negotiate the fee EVERY year!

frontel

It's not my business, I'm employed



read the examples at the bottom

Hi Frontel!

The Tax Office weren't much help and referred me to their website for more assistance!! Did you need to do a P87 form for each tax year or was it another form that you used? Thanks.

frontel

It's not my business, I'm employed



You are still, in part, using your home for business use.

AD959

If you are a sole trader and have simple income/expenditure and not vat … If you are a sole trader and have simple income/expenditure and not vat registered, an accountant can be a very expensive service. Just use self assessment. If you do get/have an accountant, negotiate the fee EVERY year!



I pay £600 a year for an accountant and he's a real person. The online accountants are usually about the same.
He's saved me about £1000 a year so far, so I figure it's good value for money. :o)

Soozzy

Hi Frontel! The Tax Office weren't much help and referred me to their … Hi Frontel! The Tax Office weren't much help and referred me to their website for more assistance!! Did you need to do a P87 form for each tax year or was it another form that you used? Thanks.




probably the HUKD effect - 10,000 people just rang up with the same question

If your comapny makes you wear a uniform you can also claim money back on your tax code for cleaning costs.. You can also back date this.
Did it a couple of years ago and got £300 off my tax code and now it's altered to include it each year.. not exactly money in your pocket but every little helps

Hi, thanks for this info, can you email the link to the form I need to fill in please? Been a home worker for a few years now so hopefully can reclaim some of this back too!!
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