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  • Tax

    Use of home as office?

    Can someone please confirm the amount you can claim as use of home as office.

    I have not bothered claiming this before as also the mileage relief so am looking to make sure i am claiming everything i am entitled to.

    I read there is a flat rate allowed of £4 a week not sure if this is an old rate or not?

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    for clarity... do you mean when you are operating a limited company?

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    best talk to your accountant to do it properly but yes not doing these is a significant oversight. My vehicle logs (car and van related to quite a few HMOs and SAs) tot up to a lot of thousands of miles each year; and the spreadsheet for the home office using a substantial part of one room is significant too NB that room needs fractional use of other parts and functions of house eg heating, broadband, WC)

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    Not as a company as an individual.

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    I normally claim £10 a week for using my home as office. Been doing so for years. My accountant normally makes other allowance in my end of year accounts to, so I think the overall figure is sometimes higher

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    Hi Ncooper, is the minimum rate now £10 a week ? i cant seem to find this anywhere ?

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    Historically, I used to claim a % of the heating, lighting, water etc costs (but not mortgage costs) of my PPR all under the bracket of 'home as office'

    I then changed accountants who advised that £10 a week should be justifiable. I don't know where this figure comes from, but I have been claiming it for the last 8 or 9 years, although I have yet to be audited by HMRC so don't actually know for certain if this value is a recognised amount

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    You are screwing yourself !

    The best article I read on this was from the Property Tax Portal  Home Office Use. ( Arthur Weller & Amer Siddiq

    It was from a quarterly subscription to their Property Tax Insider - You could ask them for a copy, - they might give you the article complimentary in the hope you'll subscribe ?

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    Do you remember any specifics about the artical?

    Was the article fact based or opinion?

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    From what i gather there is a set basic rate by HMRC of £4 a week obviously if you are running a larger operation and using more office space at home you could probably claim a % of household bills etc, this i guess would be best calculated by an accountant.

    I would be interested in knowing what is the current basic set rate you can claim is it still £4 a week ?

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    After a bit more digging on this it seems you can claim £4 a week even if you have no dedicated "home office" but actually do work at home. For example sitting on your sofa with a laptop a couple of hours a week. Claiming £4 a week as an expense should be ok.

    If you have a dedicated office space such as a spare room in your house kitted out with desk/computer/filing etc then you can claim a % of household bills which could be considerably more.

    I will be claiming £4 a week in future as have never bothered before - every penny counts these days !

    Would be nice if any accountants could comment on whether this is correct.

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