Donohoe meeting ‘a turning point’ in tax campaign say cross border worker group

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.
Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

A GROUP representing cross-border workers said a meeting with Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe this week has marked a turning point in its campaign to change remote working tax rules in the Republic.

The Cross Border Workers Coalition (CBWC) is made up of individual employees who live across the border, but work for companies in the north.

It says personal tax rules in the Republic can inflict a ‘double tax' on cross border workers in their situation, if they perform any work-from-home.

The Department of Finance in Dublin has temporarily waived the current rules until the end of 2021, but group is calling for a permanent change.

Coalition co-chairs Aidan O’Kane, Conor Dowds, and Paul Quinn said they were encouraged by the response from Paschal Donohoe following the virtual meeting.

The finance minister said his department’s advisory body, the Tax Strategy Group, will publish a report addressing the issue later this year.

Mr Donohoe said he would continue to engage with the Coalition ahead of its release.

Conor Dowds said the meeting represented “a turning point in our campaign to change these outdated remote working tax rules”.

“The Minister recognised our concern that, left unchanged, current tax legislation threatens to impose an unfair tax penalty to thousands of cross-border workers seeking to work-from-home,” he said.

“We appreciated his constructive engagement with us and look forward to the publication of the Tax Strategy Group’s report on our issue.”