More than 1,600 telecommuters hit by huge energy price hikes have applied for tax breaks in their next pay package since the beginning of the year.
evenue has confirmed that €66,000 has been paid as a result of a new facility allowing people to claim e-working expenses in real-time.
Anyone who is struggling with the tight budget can now get tax relief on their electricity, heating and broadband bills for working from home instead of having to wait until the end of the year.
If an employee’s employer does not pay him a tax-free amount of €3.20 per day approved by the tax office to cover expenses, he is entitled to a refund of his taxes.
Since January this year, workers have been able to take advantage of the e-working relief for 30 percent of the cost of heating, electricity and broadband for the days they work from home.
A spokesman for the Treasury said 1,635 people had submitted requests for remote work facilitation in real time.
She said the issuance of revised tax credit certificates for 2022 has given relief of around €66,000.
The spokesman said the facility to apply for real-time tax credits in relation to remote work facilitation was launched in January.
It is available online via the myAccount PAYE service.
The spokesman said in order to make a claim in “real time,” the taxpayer would need to upload a legible image of their receipts to a receipt tracker.
“In this case, receipts are required because the amount claimed increases the taxpayer’s tax credit for the current year, for which that individual will see a benefit in their next paycheck from an employer,” she said.
Laura Bambrick, director of social policy and employment affairs at the Irish Trades Union Congress, said she was surprised there were already over 1,000 users as the service had not been promoted.
“1,000+ users is brilliant because it wasn’t advertised to people,” she said. “It was only set up in January and most don’t know it.
“Now, if you submit an invoice, you should see it in your next pay packet.
“I think it’s something people will be interested in given the high cost of energy bills and just trying to save a few cents.
“Compared to recent budgets, it’s good that the utility discount has gone from 10 percent to 30 percent.
“The difficulty was that you had to wait until the end of the tax year to get your tax relief back and not get a relief at the same time the bill was due.
“This is a particular hardship for low earners and renters.
“Right now the high cost of living is being driven by energy prices, lighting and gas bills so having that facility is really important.”
She said the same real-time facility is available to people claiming tax breaks for nursing home fees and medical expenses.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/over-1600-home-workers-lodge-real-time-tax-relief-claims-for-bills-41849739.html Over 1,600 homeworkers submit tax relief requests in “real time” for invoices