Tax Debrief from the Leaders in Global Mobility Conference

    Jul 06, 2020 @ 08:06 AM / by Pat Jurgens

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    Leaders in Global Mobility Conference

    Jeremy Piccoli and I joined a panel discussion during the Leaders in Global Mobility 2020 conference on June 23rd. We were joined by tax specialists Graeme McLean, Group Head of Employment Tax and Global Mobility at Sage and Preetam Kerai, International Employment Tax Lead of Centrica. Our tax panel discussion was moderated by Brian Friedman of Benivo.

    Many of the participants were interested to learn how tax professionals have been responding to COVID-19 global mobility tax developments, and how companies are responding to workers displaced from the pandemic. We also discussed what we expect in the longer term for the tax consequences of ‘work from anywhere’ arrangements and ‘virtual assignments’.

    During the panel discussion, we asked two live polling questions of the audience. Here are the results of those polls:

    1. How is your company tracking potential permanent establishment and payroll compliance issues as a result of employees working remotely?



    2. Will remote workers with filing requirements in multiple tax jurisdictions in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 be authorized for tax preparation services?  a. Yes, all impacted employees will be authorized 12% b. Only if already on a formal assignment prior to the pandemic 35% c. Will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis 53% d. Don’t know/not sure 0%


    High percentage of evaluating on a "case-by-case" basis

    I noticed for both questions there is a high percentage of evaluating on a "case-by-case" basis. To me, this means that the Global Mobility team needs to be proactively engaged in these cases and allow enough time to review the action-steps necessary to resolve any tax issues. It is also apparent that these tax issues will continue to evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts remote workers.

    COVID-19 has nudged, or in some cases shoved, employers into the flexibility of ‘work-from-anywhere’. Global Mobility professionals are eager to stay ahead of the curve on the policy and compliance implications of a more remote workforce.

    This is an evolving situation and it's important to find the answer you need, when you need them. Reach out anytime and we will be there to help.

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    Pat Jurgens

    Written by Pat Jurgens

    Director, Global Tax Research and Consulting Pat joined AIRINC in 2006, and directs AIRINC’s research and statistical analyses of international tax policies and supervises the production of our hypothetical personal income tax products. He is responsible for the international income tax guide and tax calculator products at AIRINC and consults with clients on tax equalization policy matters. Pat has 32 years of experience in the area of expatriate taxation and global mobility consulting. Prior to joining AIRINC, he spent 18 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ International Assignment Services practice, providing tax compliance and consulting services to multinational companies and their assignee employees. He received his B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Colorado. Pat is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and MSCPA societies.