Tánaiste and Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar will be pushing for a budget package to encourage long-term remote working.

Measures to reduce homework costs are being considered as new figures show 54,000 people have already taken an existing tax break away from the office.

It was worth an average of € 183 this year.

A total of almost 10 million euros in tax breaks for remote work were paid out on expenses from the first year of the pandemic, as figures from the tax authorities show.

At the beginning of the year, 835,200 people were mainly working from home with 2.2 million employees.

This is a dramatic increase from 206,300 in the first quarter of last year, according to the Central Statistical Office.

“Tax and expense regulations for remote work for employees and employers will be examined in the context of the upcoming budget,” said a spokesman for the Tánaiste.

“The government will examine how best to promote and recognize remote work as many people are making it a more permanent part of their working lives.” It is because thousands of workers are being offered hybrid work options when the expected return to the office is expected arrives in September.

A target of 20 percent remote work was set this year for the workforce of over 340,000 civil servants.

Public service offices and departments are due to begin rolling out their mixed work schedules between September and next March.

The Tánaiste said he would like remote working to be a much bigger part of life after Covid.

“He has taken steps to ensure the right to separation and there will be a new law on the right to request remote work by the end of the year,” his spokesman said.

“The government is also investing heavily in remote work centers in towns and villages across the country.”

A spokesman for the tax office said the deadline for last year’s tax returns was October 31 this year. By July 12, almost 720,000 PAYE taxpayers had filed a tax return for 2020. Spouses or partners who are assessed jointly are counted as one taxable unit.

“Approximately 7.5 percent of these returns contain a right to relief for remote work with a gross value of over 9.9 million euros,” she said.

The amount of relief a taxpayer receives depends on the tax rate he pays. If they are taxable at the higher tax rate of 40%, relief is granted at this tax rate. Otherwise it is granted at the standard price of 20 pieces.

The income data does not include employees whose employer agrees to make a payment of up to € 3.20 per day to cover their expenses. You can take this payment tax-free to help employees with electricity, heating, and broadband costs.

If an employer chooses not to pay the allowance, an employee can claim up to 10 percent of their electricity and heating costs and 30 percent of their broadband costs from their income.