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Renting a coworkspace as PAYE worker - VAT?

  • 08-08-2022 8:23am
    Registered Users Posts: 5

    I'm starting a new job soon for a multinational company that will be fully remote. I'm considering renting a coworking space as I prefer a hybrid work setup of a few days at home and a few days in the office each week.

    All the rates I see for coworking spaces say something like 300 Euro a month + VAT.

    Is there any way I can claim the VAT back through the tax I pay?

    Or could I ask my company to pay for it out of my salary as I assume they don't have to pay VAT as they are a business?

    I have very little knowledge about VAT or tax matters so any help is appreciated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,414 ✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    The short answer is no. If you personally rent the space then VAT is due. A company can claim back VAT but they can't pay it in your behalf. If working from home would you want the VAT back on the electricity you use as well?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 UCDAlum

    Well the electricity would be used for both work and your personal life. A coworking space is purely for work. I just thought maybe the company could deduct the cost of the coworking space directly from my salary. Essentially pay me a lower salary but cover the cost of the coworkspace as part of the overall compensation package.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,005 Mod ✭✭✭✭cdeb

    Would the company rent the space for you? Such an arrangement might be possible if the lease was in the company's name. But not if it's in your name.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,082 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    You need to ask them.

    Usually providing a safe, suitable working space is part an employer's responsibility. If they have outsourced this to their employees, then presumably the cost (including income tax and VAT) is already reflected in your package.