New body will focus on tax and other issues for cross border workers, says Elisha McCallion

Thu, 27/08/2020 - 15:02 -- Editor

Sinn Féin Senator Elisha Mc Callion has welcomed the establishment of the new cross border workers coalition to highlight some of the working conditions and difficulties faced by workers who live in the South and work in the North or vice-versa.

 Seanadóir Mc Callion said: “I fully support the campaign which seeks to address the taxation issues facing cross-border workers. 

“Since meeting with members of the group, we have been working with the Minister for Finance in the North, Conor Murphy, and I have written to the Dublin government's Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, requesting that the matter be addressed urgently. 

“The difficulties facing cross-border workers arise in the first place because of partition on this island and the existence of two separate jurisdictions. Often legislation that is formed in both jurisdictions does not take into account the unique and special circumstances that these workers face. 

“Specifically, in relation to remote working, cross-border workers face double taxation if they work from home. This is unacceptable at a time when both governments are telling employees to work from home where possible. 

“A review of these taxation measures in both jurisdictions must be carried out urgently to reach a harmonised and common-sense approach which will make it possible for cross border workers to work remotely without unnecessary tax complications. 

“Cross border workers make a valuable contribution to both economies, north and south, and we must ensure they are not left behind.”