If you’ve been steering clear of the office recently, you could be eligible for up to $400 via the government’s work from home tax deduction.\nAt the start of this month, the government announced plans to give money back to Canadians who’ve been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.\nEditor's Choice: Here's How You Can Get Cash From Canada's Class-Action Lawsuit Against Microsoft\n\nIntroducing a simplified process for claiming the home office expenses for Canadians working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic #WorkFromHome #CdnTax https://t.co/5u7PP8zPjs— GC Newsroom (@NewsroomGC) December 15, 2020\n\nOn December 15, an additional statement was shared, providing more detailed information as to exactly who qualifies for the cash and how much is available. \nWhether you’ve been working at home for four weeks or six months, you could be eligible to claim.\nIn fact, CBC News reports that “millions” of Canadians could receive a government payout.\nWith that in mind, here’s what you need to know:\nHow much can you get?\nThere are two different claim options on offer, the “temporary flat rate method” and the “detailed method.”\nEligible individuals claiming the first option will be able to claim $2 per day for every day worked at home, up to a maximum amount of $400.\nEmployers do not need to sign documentation to confirm this information.\nFor people with larger or more specific expenses, the CRA suggests using the "detailed method" to get deductions.\nThere’s a list of approved expenses that can be deducted via that method, including heating, electricity, water, home internet access fees and more.\nSimplified online forms have been launched to help employers and workers navigate the claiming process.\nMultiple people living at the same address can claim the money, as long as they all individually qualify.\n\n🏘️ Did you #WorkFromHome due to #COVID19? If your home office expenses won’t be reimbursed by your employer, you may be able to claim a deduction on your tax return. Find out if you’re eligible➡️ https://t.co/ZqZ7ORboL4 #CdnTax pic.twitter.com/M0kANjsDGf— Canada Revenue Agency (@CanRevAgency) December 15, 2020\n\nWho can claim the money?\nThe federal government has laid out two different types of eligibility criteria.\nCanadians who want to claim the "Flat rate method,” must have worked from home for over 50% of the time for at least four consecutive weeks during 2020.\nClaimants are eligible if they were asked to stay at home by an employer, but the CRA will also consider their application if it was a personal choice, too.\nApplicants must only be claiming home office expenses and cannot be claiming any other employment expenses.\nAn individual would not be eligible if their employer is currently covering all of their WFH expenses.\nCriteria are slightly different for those claiming via the "detailed method."\n\n🏘️ Employee? Working from home? If you’ve done so for at least four consecutive weeks, you may be eligible to claim a deduction on your tax return. Here’s everything you need to know ➡️ https://t.co/2Yy70k6Hhh #CdnTax pic.twitter.com/vwXVArYzrL— Canada Revenue Agency (@CanRevAgency) December 15, 2020\n\nHow do you claim it?\nApplying for deductions is pretty simple, according to the CRA.\nThose using the standard method will need to confirm their eligibility online, then fill in a form detailing their information.\nThis will then be filed with their tax return.\nSimilarly, those using the alternative claim method will need to confirm they qualify before calculating expenses and filling out either the Form T777S or Form T777.\nIt will then be filed alongside the claimant's tax return, which the CRA recommends keeping records of for six years.