Working from home tax relief explained

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When employees are asked to work from home, their expenses are likely to increase due to additional use of things like electricity, heating, telephone and the internet. If you have recently experienced working from home (also called e-working) during the pandemic, you may be eligible for some tax relief. In this article, you’ll learn what working from home tax relief is, if you’re eligible and how you can claim it.

What is working from home tax relief?

Working from home tax relief is offered to employees who are asked to work from home by their employers. In the Budget 2022, the government announced that people working from home in 2022 are eligible for income tax relief of 30% of vouched expenses.

Can anyone get working from home tax relief?

To be eligible for tax relief, you must be carrying out your work at home. This means you must be able to show that your home is your workplace. Irish Tax & Customs will accept that your home is a workplace if you are performing substantive duties from your home, and these duties must be related to your current work. 

You won’t be able to claim working from home tax relief if you work outside of your home, for example if you’re visiting clients, and then just complete some tasks at home.

What can you claim when working from home?

You can only claim expenses that are in direct relation to remote working. These include the electricity, heating and broadband you use during your working hours.

There are two ways you can claim when working from home.

  1.   Your employer pays you up to €3.20 a day as an allowance towards your working from home expenses. This allowance is free from tax, PRSI and USC.
  2.   Should your employer choose not to cover your extra expenses, you can claim tax relief at the end of the financial year (1st January to 31st December). This calculation is made by apportioning the number of days in the year that you worked from home and multiplying that figure by 30%.

Note that if you share these types of expenses with someone else, the amount you can receive in tax relief is based on your share of the bill rather than the whole bill.

How do I claim home tax allowance?

If you normally file a self-assessment tax return, you can make a claim there. Alternatively, you can claim working from home tax relief using Irish Tax & Revenue’s myAccount service.