New working from home tax rate.
On 7th April 2020, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced special arrangements this year, due to COVID-19, to make it easier for people to claim deductions for working from home. The new arrangement will allow people to claim an increased rate of 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses incurred during the period 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020, including;
- Electricity expenses associated with heating, cooling and lighting the area at home which is being used for work.
- Cleaning costs for a dedicated work area.
- Phone and internet expenses.
- Computer consumables (e.g., printer paper and ink) and stationery.
- Depreciation of home office furniture and furnishings (e.g., an office desk and a chair).
- Depreciation of home office equipment (e.g., a computer and a printer).
Multiple people living in the same house can claim this new rate. For example, a couple living together could each individually claim the 80 cents per hour rate. The requirement to have a dedicated work from home area has also been removed and now you will only be required to keep a record of the number of hours worked from home. The new rate does not prohibit people from making a working from home claim under existing arrangements, where you calculate all or part of your running expenses. Claims for working from home expenses prior to 1 March 2020 cannot be calculated using the new rate, and must use the pre-existing working from home approach and requirements, more from the ATO.
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For a more detailed explanation on what you can (and can’t) claim on tax if you’re working from home click here.