For the global mobility industry, 2023 has witnessed both significant challenges and exciting opportunities. Although continuing to ease, inflationary pressures and higher interest rates have had an impact on employees’ willingness to relocate. Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have created humanitarian and security crises that will have long-lasting impacts on global economies and welfare. At the same time, advancements in automation and artificial intelligence offer the possibility of transformative change, including opportunities in the creation of administrative efficiencies and in the reduction of cost and risks.
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As the year is drawing to a close, global mobility and payroll teams are focused on US W-2 reporting, specifically to make sure global compensation and expense reimbursements, such as tax reimbursements, housing, and tax preparation services, have been reported appropriately for their mobile employees on long-term assignments. While this focus is crucial, it often overshadows a critical aspect of payroll reporting compliance. In the rush to ensure the tax efficiency of international assignments, there's a tendency to overlook the nuances of reporting for permanent transfers.
Any company with a mobile workforce needs a solid technology platform to effectively manage their mobility program. This technology often includes features such as dashboards that provide near-real-time monitoring of an employee's tax information, portals that allow taxpayers to upload tax documents, and tracking capabilities that help monitor mobile employee locations. And now in the age of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools, it's more important than ever to utilize technology to streamline and strengthen your mobility program. However, simply having access to technology and information is rarely enough to address the tax compliance challenges that often come with a mobile workforce.
Are you satisfied with the level of responsiveness from your current global mobility tax provider? Do you have access to a team of seasoned professionals who are well-versed in the latest mobility tax trends? Are you receiving clear and actionable advice in a timely manner? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, it may be time to consider switching to a new mobility tax provider.