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Working from home and claiming expenses/vat

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sxturbo, 7 Jan 2021.

  1. sxturbo

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    So with more and more of us working from home and installing offices etc I started to look into claiming back costs.

    I started looking into it as ideally I'd like to be able to claim the vat back for office furniture I want and need (I can no longer work on the dining table or sofa, it's not good for my posture and we'll being)

    Looking at this website https://www.theaccessgroup.com/mast...for-working-from-home-during-the-coronavirus/

    As my new office will be part business and part personal it says I can still claim for equipment that is reasonable cost.

    I would like to only claim back the vat and delivery of the furniture which equates to £250 (it's costing me £670).

    I'm not sure how to claim for part of something, only ever claimed for complete receipts when out on business.

    Should my company try and help me with some of the costs?

    Is this reasonable / am I looking at this the right way?, I've not claimed for anything else that I've purchased/used for work since working at home.
     
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  3. fillyboy

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    As a self employed artisan, I get about 3-400 pounds a year allowance for 'use of home as office', so that's 3-400 quid I don't pay tax on, think there's a few hundred quid allowance for stationery as well. I don't know how it works if you're employed, are you PAYE or a contractor?
     
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    Surely you're saving on time and money just on travelling alone not to mention work clothing? My daughter said she was over £6k better off for working from home from March to December last year.
     
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    Yes he is, but that's irrelevant surely. I'm better off by not going down the pub, should I be taxed on that gain?
     
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    I've got to split my time between home and office, do 3 days at home, unless I have major projects then I'm in the office more days.

    I'm not saving much really, maybe £100 per month on petrol but it depends on what I'm doing for work.

    You said you could live ok with just your wife working, but you still claimed the covid relief you were entitled to.
     
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    I'm PAYE, and the rules don't appear to be clear to me.

    I've read in some places I can claim for some, others advise I can claim as expenses before the end of the 2020/21 tax year without getting penalised in tax.

    I'm not really sure on the rules and regs tbh
     
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    True but if the OP is an employee it should be down to his employer to provide the correct equipment to work with irrespective of where they are based. My daughter, her boyfriend and another friend we have, have all had desks, laptops and chairs delivered. That’s 100% off for them and the firm can claim the vat and other expenses back. As far as I know, you can only claim vat back if you are vat registered.
     
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    Ere we go.

    Claim tax relief for your job expenses - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Don't let Mottie see it, he'll be lodging a claim before you can get his share.
     
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    Check the 'working from home' para, no relief if you choose to work from home, but allowances available under the covid scheme.
     
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    Thanks,

    I'm not choosing to work from home, I find it easier in the office, but that's because it's more comfortable and I'm sat at proper computer screens and not a piddly laptop screen.

    But as it looks like it going to be a while doing the working from home thing I'm thinking I might be more comfortable and find it easier with a proper desk and room, then I can set up bigger screens etc.
     
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    Whatever you do, be careful about setting aside a room specifically for work and claiming expenses on that as you could be hit with capital gains tax if/when you sell your house.
     
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    This ^^^
     
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    Only way I'm moving house again is when I'm in a coffin..
     
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    Funnily enough I passed on that advice several months ago and mottie ridiculed said advice :rolleyes:
     
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