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As more and more people work from home – around a third of all employees in the block, according to the Associated Press – and need to be constantly available, the boundaries between work and personal life are becoming increasingly blurred.
So far, employees in Germany can only write off the labor costs at home if they can prove that they have a room in their household that is exclusively dedicated to work.
Brehm says the current law "no longer correlates with today's world of work." Although approval of the system is awaited, a decision has to be made as to whether this new tax break will result from or exceed the existing German tax deduction of EUR 1,000 for transport and other necessary work elements.