Reacting to the establishment of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare from the Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe TD, Conor Dowds, Co-Chair of the Cross Border Workers Coalition, has said today:
“This is welcome news illustrating the urgent need for taxation policy reform in the Republic of Ireland. Currently, restrictive personal tax rules mean that cross border workers, based in the Republic of Ireland but working in Northern Ireland, can face a ‘double tax’ on their income if they work-from-home. The Commission must review these income tax laws which, left unchanged, could continue to depress economic development and disadvantage border communities.”
“As Ministers North and South look to permanently accommodate remote work, the Irish Government can no longer ignore our concerns and must now grant full flexibility to cross border workers to work-from-home in the Republic of Ireland without incurring a potential increased tax liability. We now urge the independent Commission, the Finance Minister and his Department to work with us to bring forward a permanent, pragmatic solution to this issue imminently.