The way to evaluate this would be to benchmark it against what Intel or HP would offer staff if they relocated them for an equivalent time....
I dont think its unreasonable to be expected to financially support a staff member that you are asking to move to a different country for the job, and i dont see why civil servants would be an exception to that.....
Agreed. I've seen how some of the Irish diplomatic staff live abroad and I'd describe it as comfortable rather than excessive. In my experience they don't do as well as employees assigned to the same location by multinationals. Paying school fees is not unreasonable either, especially in a non-English speaking country where the only way to provide continuity of education is to enrol in one of the expat oriented international schools.
Press officers in the Department of the Taoiseach also receive an “on call” allowance of five hours’ overtime at double time every week. The Department of the Taoiseach said personal assistants to Government special advisers received a €7,125 annual allowance. The Taoiseach’s diary secretary also receives a €7,125 allowance.
This is the kind of crap I would have an issue with. If it is an overtime payment (which this clearly is) then it should be paid and taxed as such and not as a non-taxable allowance. Only genuine incremental out of pocket expenses should be reimbursed tax free.
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Making a room available to work from home, and getting an allowance for that when there's - presumably, negates transport, eating out and all those 'cost of going to work' expenses the Esri reported on recently.
How do I go about claiming this?
+100. The only way for this to be equitable is if identical treatments are allowed in the private sector. The expense should be tax deductible for the business and not taxable to the employee.