Do you work full time or part time from home and only occasionally visit the office? Are you an employer and want to provide equipment to your employees so that they can work from home? Have you looked into eWorking?
As well as the work/life balance benefits and time savings, there are some great tax benefits to eWorking.
What is eWorking?
Revenue’s guidelines state that eWorking involves:
- Working for substantial periods outside the employer’s premises
- Logging onto the employer’s computer remotely
- Sending and receiving email, data or files remotely
- Developing ideas, products and services remotely.
No Benefit in Kind
An employer can provide computers, printers, office furniture and telephone lines to an employee to enable them to carry out work from home, without a benefit in kind charge.
Electricity and Heating Costs – Tax Free
Revenue understand that eWorkers will incur additional heating and electricity costs due to working from home. They will allow an employer to make tax-free payments of up to €3.20 per day to employees working from home.
However, an employer can reimburse an employee for the actual expenditure if this amount is higher, provided proper records are kept.
Capital Gains Tax: Principal Private Residence Exemption
eWorking should not affect the capital gains tax exemption for Principal Private Residences.
For further information, check out the Revenue’s guidelines.
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