There are now two ways of working out the use of home calculation. Inland Revenue will provide a standard rate per square metre for variable costs such as power, telephone/mobile/Internet services and house/contents insurance. The rate is $41.10 per square metre. A share of fixed costs such as rent or rates and interest on mortgage can be added to this.
The following expenses do not seem to have been considered by Inland Revenue when calculating the square metre rate: repairs and maintenance, rubbish removal, house cleaning and gardening.
The square metre rate has the advantage of saving you time because you don’t have to work out the actual costs. However, there might be a price to pay for your laziness!
You will also notice telephone and Internet service are included in the square metre rate. This means you cannot claim them separately.
Alternatively, you can stay with what you have always done and use the actual figures.
For many, this may be the more attractive alternative. You are also entitled to choose which method you want to use, each year.
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