Currently the University has no plans to pay a tax free sum of up to £6 per week to staff members in relation to additional household expenses incurred when a staff member is working from home due to Covid-19.
However you may be entitled to claim tax relief directly from HMRC, on £6/wk (tax savings worth £1.20/wk (about £62/year) for basis 20% rate taxpayer and £2.40/wk (about £124/yr) for higher 40% rate taxpayer). Therefore if you have extra costs due to necessary working from home you can ask for the amount to be deducted from your taxable income.
If you believe you have higher increased costs then you can claim more than £6/wk, but you will need evidence of the cost increases. A claim can be made through your HMRC self-assessment form if you complete one. Alternatively you can complete an online P87 form through your Government Gateway account or by filling out a postal P87 form and sending it to HMRC.
HMRC has issued guidance on the tax position where employers reimburse expenses for employees working from home as a result of coronavirus and this can be accessed here.
For any other queries, please contact the Salaries Office.