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UK contract but want to live in Ireland?

  • 01-11-2022 10:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2

    Hi, I currently live and work in England with a UK contract and have done for the last 13 years with the same company. Id like to relocate to (the republic of) Ireland since the location is irrelevant for the job, its also part of the reason I took this current role, but would like to stay with the company.

    I have asked the company for an Irish contract and the answer is no, due to there being a limit on headcounts in Ireland( they say to increase the numbers they would need to open an Irish subsidiary to be compliant).

    My question is can I live in ireland and still maintain a UK contract, I guess it means I still pay tax to the UK govt, are there any other issues or considerations?

    Is anyone doing the same?

    Would love to hear your thoughts as I received the negative news from my company today and it's a bit of a bummer to be honest.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,018 ✭✭✭afatbollix

    The only way is to become a contractor or self-employed and invoice them for your work each month.

    Very complex for you and the company. How big are they? If I was a small or even a mid sized company I wouldn't let you. Brexit has also made it harder.

    Can you live in Northern Ireland? That might be the solution.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,254 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Would they be willing to have a (very small) office in Northern Ireland?

    check this website for issues around crossing the border for work:

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 fargo6910

    They are a large global company, with legal entities in many countries, but none in the republic, it falls under UK & ROI. There are a small number of employees in the republic but like I said there is a limit and those people are a necessity in the market, I just want to move home.

    If I were to move back while still getting paid in gbp in my English account, who would know really? How would it catch up with me?

    There is one guy I know who is a contractor/consultant, he lives in Ireland but his contract is Italian, they pay him a fairly good rate per day but he is basically not a headcount, no pension or healthcare contribution and they could terminate him quickly, his contract is renewed every year.

    Not ideal or secure but maybe one way but possibly an expensive way to employ someone?

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,254 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    The company may be monitoring your IP address (especially if you've asked and they said "no").

    Revenue will be wondering why you've spending in one currency and earning in another. (They'll know).

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,018 ✭✭✭afatbollix

    I'm a contractor for a US company, It's the same as you say no benefits or employee rights and had to go off and set myself up as a limited company, its doable.

    HMRC & revenue will cop on very quickly to whats going on. Just so you know when you are caught they will work out how much tax you owe, fine you and then put interest on it too. Trust us it's not a risk worth taking.

    Unless your company wants to make you a contractor you might need to move to NI.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,748 ✭✭✭daheff

    HMRC & Irish Revenue will take an interest eventually.

    HMRC will then start looking at the company's taxes. Irish Revenue may also.

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Vinnymcdonnell

    Work from Ireland for 185 Days, spend the remaining in the UK. You are covered then.

    Otherwise just go as a contractor and invoice the company monthly, it will be at 0% VAT as you in theory will be an Irish company invoicing the UK company. Taxes are then paid to Irish revenue (Corporation tax etc), you pay your own salary from your company and taxes are paid on that by you and the company you set up

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,539 ✭✭✭Dante

    I currently do this as a contractor. I was unable to continue as a permanent employee after moving home due to the tax implications. It took some work on my company's end to facilitate this but its all good now, plus I get to enjoy those tasty London daily rates 😁