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Working from home and the £6 per week allowance 

During the COVID pandemic the government relaxed the conditions to enable those working from home to be paid £6 a week tax free by their employer, or, where that was not paid by the employer, they could claim relief for £6 a week against their employment income for a tax refund from HMRC. Those relaxed rules applied for 2020/21 and 2021/22. Many employers and employees may not be aware that from 6 April 2022 the rules reverted to the strict statutory position. Employees can claim tax relief if they have to work from home under a homeworking agreement, for example because: 

  • their job requires them to live far away from the office, 
  • their employer does not have an office, or 
  • the office is closed every Friday and employees are required to work from home that day. 

Tax relief cannot be claimed if the employee choses to work from home. 

See: Claim tax relief for your job expenses: Working from home – GOV.UK ( 

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