There could be a silver lining to being told work from home due to Covid-19, you may be entitled to a tax refund. E-workers, i.e. employees who have to work from home, can be paid a tax-free daily amount of €3.20 by their employer to cover costs such as heating and electricity.
Even if your employer doesn’t, or isn’t in a position to pay you the daily rate, you can claim the tax relief at the end of the year via myAccount. Revenue may request a letter from your employer confirming that you worked from home and the period(s) you worked from home.
Please note that any such claim should be ‘reasonable’ as the costs incurred will be for both personal and work use. The refund will be based on a portion of the overall expenses incurred by the household.