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Revenue Guidance: Ukrainian Citizens working remotely in Ireland

  • Ireland
  • Employment law
  • Tax planning and consultancy - Information and guidance

22-04-2022

Overview

On 14 April 2022, Irish Revenue published guidance in relation to the tax treatment of Ukrainian citizens who work remotely in Ireland (the “Guidance”).

The Guidance recognises that Ukrainian citizens may have come to Ireland because of the war in their country but continue to be employed by their Ukrainian employers while performing the duties of their employment in Ireland. The Guidance can be accessed here.

Concessions

The Guidance outlines a number of concessions that will now be operated by Irish Revenue. These concessions will apply for the 2022 tax year.

Liability of Ukrainian employment income to Irish income tax

Under normal circumstances, income from a non-Irish employment which is attributable to duties carried out in Ireland is subject to Irish payroll taxes (regardless of the individual’s residence status). However, having regard to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Irish Revenue are prepared to treat Irish-based employees of Ukrainian employers as not being liable to Irish payroll taxes in respect of Ukrainian employment income that is attributable to the performance of duties in Ireland. Furthermore, Ukrainian employers will not be required to operate the Irish PAYE system in respect of such income.

The Guidance makes clear that these concessions apply solely to income employment income that is paid to an Irish-based employee by their Ukrainian employer.

In order for the above concessions to apply, it must be the case that (1) the employee would have performed his/her employment duties in Ukraine but for the war, and (2) the employee remains subject to Ukrainian income tax on his/her employment income for the year.

Corporation tax

Separately, Irish Revenue will also disregard for Irish corporation tax purposes the presence of certain persons (such as employees, directors, service providers and agents) who may have come to Ireland because of the war in Ukraine. Importantly, such treatment will only apply where the relevant person would have been present in Ukraine but for the war there.

Documentary evidence

Where one of the concessions above are availed of by an individual or entity, any documents or other evidence (such as a record with the individual’s date of arrival in Ireland) showing that it was due to the war in Ukraine that the individual came to Ireland and performed their work or duties here, should be kept by the individual or entity (as the case may be).

Comment

The publication of the Guidance is to be welcomed at a time when the number of Ukrainian citizens that are arriving in Ireland continues to increase. In particular, the concessions to be operated by Irish Revenue should assist such citizens, as well as their Ukrainian employers, in terms of not triggering Irish payroll or corporation taxes in circumstances where they are only present in Ireland due to the war in Ukraine.

For more Information, please contact;

Robert Dever, Senior Associate, Tax - RobertDever@eversheds-sutherland.ie