MoneySavingExpert guru Martin Lewis is full of tricks and tips about how you can save money - and this year his advice has proved vital for millions.

Now, the consumer superhero has shared tips on how households can save thousands of pounds in the run up to Christmas.

The finance guru has lifted the lid on a host of loopholes and benefits households should claim before the end of the year - starting with a tax rebate for those still working from home.

In this week's MoneySavingExpert newsletter, he said: "Christmas is nearing, purse strings are tightening, and people are busy.

"So I've put together five easy ways you could be due money back at speed. There's no need to pay anyone, most are just filling in online forms."

Here they are...

Claim tax relief

If you're working from home, you may be able to claim a tax boost in the form a rebate from HMRC or your employer.

This money can help with extra costs associated with home working such as heating, electricity and broadband bills.

HMRC says there are two ways to make a claim.

Employers can pay staff up to £6 a week tax-free to cover additional costs for working from home.

Alternatively, employees can claim the money from the tax man.

The money is payable to anyone who has worked from home since April 6 – even for just one day.

However it only applies if you were asked to work from home by your employer.

How much you'll get depends on your tax bracket but, on average, it's £60 to £120.

People can find out more and make a claim at

Marriage tax allowance

Millions of couples are unaware that they may be eligible for a £250 tax break thanks to the Marriage Allowance.

This little known tax break allows anyone with an income of £12,500 or less to transfer up to £1,250 of their Personal Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner – if their income is higher.

This reduces their tax by up to £250 for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Claims can also be backdated four years to April 2015. After 5 April 2020, couples will only be able to backdate it to 2016.

If a claim is backdated, the couple could receive up to £1,150 back.

Customers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can benefit from Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

  • You’re married or in a civil partnership
  • You do not pay income tax or your income is below your Personal Allowance (usually £12,500)
  • Your partner pays Income Tax at the basic rate between £12,501 and £50,000.

For customers in Scotland, the same criteria applies, except your partner must pay Income Tax at the starter, basic or intermediate rates between £12,501 and £43,430.

Couples can find out more information and apply for Marriage Allowance on here.

Power of Attorney refunds

Between April 2013 and March 2017 in England and Wales, the fee for both health and finance Power of Attorneys was £110.

However, it should have been in proportion to underlying costs which at the time had dropped.

Now, many people are due refunds - and Martin estimates that the average payout is £45 per application.

But bear in mind the deadline to file a claim is February 1, 2021. Find out how to claim a refund, here.

Student loans

You are only supposed to start repaying your student loan from the April after completing your degree - and even then, it's only supposed to be 9% of your income over the £26,575 threshold.

However, hundreds of thousands of employees had it wrongly deducted from their pay packets early.

The good news is you can claim this money back relatively quickly - and the average payout is between £100 and £1,000. Find out more on how to get a refund, here.

Work clothes

Millions of hospital workers, shop staff and hairdressers could be in line for a Christmas bonus in the form of an overdue tax rebate.

That's because if you've had to wear uniform this year (even for just one day since April 6) - such as a branded shirt or overalls - you could be entitled to a tax refund on it.

It's simple to claim and the average payout is around £60.

You can find out exactly how much you are owed by following the steps on this online tool. Each claim takes around three weeks so you could get the cash by Christmas.

Healthcare workers, people in food and retail and those in the construction industry are among the top professions eligible.