If your company has tax equalized assignees, you may have heard from employees who have received unexpected tax bills, have yet to settle their tax equalization payments, or are confused about how their tax liabilities were calculated. If any of these ring a bell, now is the time to re-examine the hypothetical tax positions for your mobile employees. Let’s explore some of the most frequent questions we receive and delve into our recommendations on how you can ensure a successful mobility program.
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Tax equalization is a policy widely used by companies with mobile employees. At its core, tax equalization is a mechanism to ensure that an employee is neither better nor worse off financially, from a tax perspective, for having accepted an international assignment. However, there are many misconceptions about what exactly it means to be “tax equalized.” As one example, some companies will try to avoid the policy because they think it will automatically lead to high company costs and administration.