Remote working can be liberating for many employees in Ireland – but working from home can also raise the cost of your energy bills. By claiming working from home tax credits, you can make some savings on these rising costs.
More than 1,600 remote workers who have been hit by huge energy price hikes have lodged claims to get tax relief in their next pay packet since the start of the year.
Revenue has confirmed that €66,000 has been paid due to a new facility that allows people to claim e-working expenses in real time.
Those struggling with the cost-of-living squeeze can claim tax relief on their electricity, heating and broadband bills immediately for their home-working days, rather than having to wait until the end of the year.
If a worker’s employer does not pay them a €3.20 a day tax-free allowance that is permitted by Revenue to cover expenses, they are entitled to get money back from their taxes.
With power and heating expenses skyrocketing in recent months, people who work from home are feeling the pinch on their utility bills. Fortunately, you can now receive a portion of the expenses back through remote working tax credits.
Do I Qualify for The Working from Home Tax Credit?
Working from home is also called ‘E-working’. E-working is characterised or defined as working for substantial amounts of time outside your normal place of work by completing the below duties:
- Working remotely from your home to send/receive work related files or emails.
- Accessing your work desktop remotely
- Providing your work services from a remote location e.g. customer phone service, client meetings via online
- Working in agreement with your employer who has agreed to the working from home situation
- You must be required to complete duties which are considered essential and perform them from home
Options for Claiming Working from Home Tax Allowance
There are two ways to get your tax refunded if you work from home.
- Your employer may choose to reimburse you for your expenses with a tax-free contribution of up to €3.20 each workday without deducting it from your PRSI, PAYE and USC.
- You must get it back as part of your annual tax rebate if your employer does not reimburse you.
What Expenses Can E-Workers Claim?
If your employer does not compensate you, you can claim back 30% of your lighting and heating expenses, as well as 30% of your broadband bills.
Rather than claiming against the overall annual value of these utility costs, your claim must be proportionate to the number of days you worked from home.
As your utility expenses continue to rise, so will the size of your tax rebate.
Steps To Claim WFH Tax Relief
- Identify how many days you worked from home last year.
- Calculate your annual electricity, heating, and broadband bills.
- Fill out our 60-second form, and Irish Tax Rebates will take care of the rest.
Irish Tax Rebates has over 20 years of experience in the tax rebate industry and has over 320,000 customers in Ireland. Our staff of tax accountants are very knowledgeable about the tax system and can help you claim the maximum amount of tax you are entitled to.
Existing customers: Apply for Working from Home Relief today.
New Customers: Sign up to Irish Tax Rebates here first.