Remote Working: Tax Allowances

Treasury written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that people working from home are aware of a tax rebate they can access from HMRC for (a) wifi, (b) computers and (c) other work related expenses such as WIFI and computers.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government published a Written Ministerial Statement on 13 May 2020. This announced a new tax exemption for employees who are working from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and need to purchase home office equipment and are reimbursed by the employer.

HMRC published new guidance on GOV.UK to raise awareness of the tax relief available to people working from home for home office equipment and other work-related expenses. HMRC have also included information in their publications such as the Employer Bulletin and guidance manuals, and are working directly with stakeholder groups and media outlets to help raise further awareness.

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