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Readers’ forum: Tax issues with converting workspace at home

07 February 2022
Issue: 4827 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

More people are working from home (WFH) at least some of the time. In many cases they have converted a spare bedroom in their house into an office and claimed tax relief for working at home (as employees or as self-employed as the case may be).

I know that it is prudent to advise clients in this position that there is a risk that only or main residence relief may be restricted when their house is sold but has anybody actually had a case where this has happened?

I can see that if a room is converted into say a doctor’s surgery there may be an issue but is there really a problem with a room with just a normal desk and computer?

How cautious are Taxation readers when advising clients on this point?

Query 19 885 – Homesteader.

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