Martin Lewis tells workers how to claim cash for working from home

Money guru Martin Lewis has told workers how they can claim cash back if they’re working from home.

Employees can be compensated for turning part of their home into an office space even if they’re not working from home full time,

Cash can be claimed back, said the money saving expert, for things such as heating and electricity, which will be used more as we head into the winter months.

You could claim back up to £6 a week reports the Liverpool Echo.

To claim the benefit, you can either speak with your manager or claim the money back as tax relief from HMRC.

Speaking on the  MoneySavingExpert website, Martin said: « Clearly, right now many firms have closed workplaces and that means across the UK millions of staff are temporarily required to work from home, even if it’s just for part of the week, and therefore are eligible to claim for increased costs.

« HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says it will consider claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures if their usual workplace is closed. »

HMRC says that claims in line with the employers’ payment will not need to justify the £6 figure. And that means you will not need to keep receipts or prove information. There are various ways you can do it.

You can claim on a self-assessment form, or alternatively through an online P87 form through a government portal.

You can also fill out a postal form, but you will need to include your company’s details – such as a name, PAYE reference, and your own job title and duties within the workplace.

Other than that, you will need to fill out the « amount paid by you ».

For this part, just put a total amount equivalent to £6 per week for the period you have been working from home – and the amount paid to you by your employer.

Just put £0 if your boss has not paid you a working from home allowance.

You should then hear back within a couple of weeks.

Martin has explained how the scheme works before, but on his Martin Lewis Money Show he has revealed some new information.

He said: « I’ve had it confirmed that you can claim this even if you’re only required to work one day from home.

« This is because many people are working some days from home and some from the office and you can still claim.

You have to fill in a P87 form. It’s complicated to fill in, but you can find information online on how to do it.

« Don’t pay anyone to do it. »

*The Martin Lewis Money Show can be seen at 8:30pm on ITV on Thursday