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working abroad as a free lancer

  • 21-02-2023 1:30pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,001 ✭✭✭


    Is it possible to work abroad as a free lancer paying taxes there and having own company registered there but providing work on-line and issuing invoices to an Irish company based in Ireland?


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,650 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    That depends on the laws of the other country.

    Irish companies buy services from foreign companies all the time.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,976 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    Is it possible yes, is legal probably not at the moment within the EU/EEA/CH, but as a result of COVID, that may change soon.

    There is a very big difference between being a digital nomad, flying under the radar for a couple of months here and there and being a resident. If you want to get a mortgage, send kids to school, ensure you are properly covered for healthcare, pensions etc, then you need to be a resident and that means compliance with the local labour market laws.

    In the case of the EU/EEA/CH, you are legally entitled to move to another EU state and establish a business in their local economy and if after five years you have established economic viability you are entitled to obtain permanent resident status in the EU countries and if you comply with other labour law rules within the EEA/CH as well. A business where the majority of profit was generated outside the local economy would not meet that requirement and so you could be asked to leave.