The journey of Iman Lafferty, who works from his home in rural Donegal in the Republic of Ireland to his office in Northern Ireland, usually takes him across a remarkable border between an EU country and the UK.
There is little evidence that there is a difference between these two jurisdictions, except for a slight change in road signs and signs displayed using the mile unit extending to the north rather than signs using the kilometer unit in the south.
But the possibility of re-enacting quarter-century-old tax laws, reduced by governments when people were ordered to work from their homes due to the Govt-19 epidemic, threatens to pull back 12,500 people living but working in companies located in Ireland. Within those opposite boundaries – go to work with the usual flexibility by preventing them from entering the country.
Under tax laws up to 1997, workers living in the Republic, but crossing the border for work, are exempt from paying Irish taxes above the UK income tax.
This exemption may seem fine on paper, but it means work – even email and phone calls – they can’t do from Ireland, so those laws were relaxed during the Govt-19 epidemics so people could work from home until the end of the day. 2021 without paying taxes twice.
But now, after more than a year of working overseas during epidemics, many border workers still do not want to give up the flexibility of work arrangements that their UK-based colleagues continue to employ – especially officers in the North and South. Support the ongoing work. Hybrid work style due to increasing COVID-19 infections across the island.
These laws, which will be re-enacted early next year, have nothing to do with Britain’s exit from the EU. But just as post-Brexit immigration laws have made it harder to attract European workers, there is a risk that high-tech companies in the poorer parts of Northern Ireland will reduce their ability to work.
It is paradoxical that the County of Ireland only finances long-distance work centers in Donegal if you work for an Irish company, said Laferti, an engineering director at Seagate Technology Beyond the Border, an American company in London called Terry. He added, “But for companies in Northern Ireland, telecommunications is very important [سيصبح] Possibility for workers [المقيمين] Only in the UK.
“Everyone now expects long-distance work to continue,” said Aidan O’Chan, director of information technology at Allstate Northern Ireland, an American insurance company based in London, and co – chairman of the Border Workers Coalition. With 25,000 people working on one side of the border, but living on the other, this coalition represents the people living in Ireland and could get into trouble in legislative bodies.
“It has made a huge difference in our family life,” said Catherine, who is employed by a large international company in the city because of this problem.
Working from home made it possible for the family to have dinner together – she could not log in when she had to go to work because her two children were already eating with the babysitter before she went home.
Asked by the Financial Times not to use her real name, Catherine confirmed that she will not be able to work from her home after the end of this year unless the tax laws are changed. Exit when you get another opportunity to work remotely in Donegal.
If the rules do not change, you can make a short work call while you are at home, sitting at the dining table on the weekends or following work assignments while the kids are in bed or sending a work email. Your pajamas, which are a working day practice in Ireland, charge a higher salary with higher personal income tax than the UK.
“It’s going to stifle job growth,” Ogan said, considering the drastic change in work patterns due to the epidemic.
As Lafferty said, tax liabilities for cross-border workers – already complex enough, require tax revenue in the Republic, and the various rules governing stock options and capital gains taxes – would be worth thousands of pounds if the laws were not changed.
To complicate matters further, the requirement for foreign employers to deduct payroll tax from employees performing their duties in Ireland was relaxed during Covid-19 – but only until the end of 2020, when cross-border workers are allowed to work remotely. This year .. O’Kane noted that it will cost companies “hundreds of thousands of pounds” and there is no guarantee that it will be deducted by UK tax authorities.
Despite a series of positive meetings with Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohue, he believed there was “no flexibility on the part of the Irish government”.
A Treasury spokesman said Donohue had consulted with the official and decided that there would be no extension of the waiver and that it would end as planned, just like any other support related to COVID-19. “Changes are not expected to be made,” a spokesman said.
But for Oken, the Govt-19 epidemic led him to focus more on a law that he considered inappropriate for the purpose. He saw employees leaving because he had to go to the office at 3 a.m. and was prevented from making a phone call or by contacting a co-worker. “This is not the way to be crazy and modern business,” he said.
If the law is not amended, “companies north of the border will make decisions about the people they hire based on their residential address,” Oken said.
In fact, uncertainty worries workers. Catherine said about 20 people in her workplace would be affected and that “many of them are thinking about their situation.”
Companies are also concerned. “Companies always come to us because they want clarity,” said Paul Clancy, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce. “We have a low percentage of talent,” he said.
With the same token, it is customary for workers in Donegal to see new frontiers beyond borders. “There is very little work in this area of Donegal,” Lafardi said. “As far as I know there are no opportunities in high technology – because it only exists in Terry,” he added.
LaFerty believes that “the exception should be extended for at least another year so that there can be some breathing and things can be resolved.”
Some business leaders in the area have seen advertisements for certain jobs, which they say are “only available to people living in Northern Ireland” and are discriminatory.
“If someone with the same qualifications comes to you from Donegal, they may not be selected automatically because the companies do not guarantee tax liability,” Clancy said. He continued, “We need [الحكومة الأيرلندية] Understand the problem now. “
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