The coronavirus lockdown has meant many taxpayers are working from home for the first time. A special shortcut method just introduced means there are three methods to claim in the 2020 income tax return.
Shortcut method for work-space
Fixed method for home office
Actual method for home office
A four week diary establishes a fair percentage for the work pattern.
As always, the taxpayer needs reliable records. Keeping receipts is fundamental.
Taking a photo of your home office or work-space with date and time on computer screen is simple, yet effective. Just keep private or personal information out of view.
If in doubt, ask your accountant. And pay before year-end some of those July expenses to claim in the earlier year.