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Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?

  • November 16 2020
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Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?

By Cameron Micallef
November 16 2020

Employees who continue to work from home after the pandemic should be taxed for the privilege, a major bank has stated.

Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?

Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?

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  • November 16 2020
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Employees who continue to work from home after the pandemic should be taxed for the privilege, a major bank has stated.

Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?

A report commissioned by Deutsche Bank suggests that those who can remain working from home should pay 5 per cent tax each day they choose to work remotely.

They argue it would leave the average employee no worse off due to saving money on commute, going to lunch and purchasing clothing, with the taxes being used to help lower-paid employees.

This is despite people working from home using their own electricity and other essentials when turning a home into an office.

The bank says a privilege tax could generate $49 billion to help the less fortunate.

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“Working from home will be part of the ‘new normal’ well after the pandemic has passed. We argue that remote workers should pay a tax for the privilege,” global head of fundamental credit strategy and thematic research at Deutsche Bank Jim Reid said.

“Our calculations suggest the amounts raised could fund material income subsidies for low-income earners who are unable to work remotely and thus assume more ‘old economy’ and health risks.”

The report found that working from home is not a new phenomenon. However, COVID-19 has “turbocharged” the switch from the office to the home.

“During the pandemic, the proportion of Americans who worked from home increased tenfold to 56 per cent. In the UK, there was a sevenfold increase to 47 per cent,” the report said.

“Many of these people will continue to work remotely for some time. Indeed, two-thirds of organisations say that at least three-quarters of their staff can work from home effectively, according to S&P Global Markets.”

Based on Australian gross average annual full-time salary of $48,360, an Australian who chooses to work from home would be slugged $2,418 a year for the privilege.

Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?
Should you pay 5 per cent tax to work from home?
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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