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YOUR boss might be required to pay for the costs of your internet and home office equipment.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, various Americans have adapted the way they work.


Office chairs, desks, and printing equipment might be eligible


Other states are required to write off business-related expenses as well

Many have gotten accustomed to working from home – and setting up their own offices.

Setting up a home office costs between $240 and $650 on the low-end, or $1,000 to $2,100 on a medium-range budget, according to document solutions firm Standard Office System.

The average internet bill is said to cost $64 per month. 

But did you know that your boss may need to provide support with the costs associated with working from home?

Financial freedom coach “calltoleap” on TikTok, or Steve, has broken this down in a short video clip.

How it works

According to Steve, this should work if you have work-related expenses in California.

This is because the state under labor code section 2802 requires employers to reimburse employees for “all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties”.

It’s important to note that you’ll of course need to lay out the money for the equipment first – so make sure you hold on to the receipt to show your employer proof.

Employees in California may request reimbursement within three years of incurring the expense.

Aside from internet costs – office chairs, printing equipment, and desks are eligible for reimbursement.

Moreover, even some online subscriptions including Zoom accounts, and home utilities such as air conditioning and heating might qualify if you are working remotely.

Where else can I do this?

California might not be the only place in the country that requires employers to reimburse employers for work-related expenses.

According to Steve, there are nine other states and areas in the country that mandate employers to reimburse business-related expenses, which are as follows:

  • Washington, D.C
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

If you don’t live in those states – it’s worth asking your employer if they will reimburse you for some office equipment.

But know that federal law does not require this, unless the work-related expenses result in the employee’s earnings falling below the minimum wage.

The amount spent on your internet and equipment will depend on the service, speed, quality, and how many products you need to satisfy your home office.

For more on how you could potentially save money, a former Best Buy worker shows you how to get free products worth hundreds of dollars.

A Burger King worker reveals how to save up to $4 on fries and mozzarella sticks. 

And a money coach reveals a simple tip that could cut your grocery bill by $250 per month.

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