Without a doubt, COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, especially within the global mobility industry. As vaccines finally make their way around the globe, organizations are realizing the traditional idea of having employees in the office every day may not be the way of the future. Programs and policies need to adapt to a new way of managing a remote workforce.
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a global impact. While we settle into the new “normal” of working anywhere, new questions related to domestic taxation have been uncovered.
The following is a transcription of a webcast, “The Next Step: Practical Solutions for Work Anywhere Mobility Tax Issues,” recorded in June 2020. This webcast showcased some of GTN’s industry experts: Chris Hall, Managing Director for GTN’s Atlantic region; David Livitt, National Practice Leader for GTN’s Business Traveler Services; and Brett Sipes, Managing Director for GTN’s Pacific region. This panel discussed practical solutions to mobility tax issues that may occur when implementing a remote worker or work anywhere policy.
While many companies have employees working from home, or even working from anywhere in the world, they are faced with many questions that have taken on new meanings. Questions like: What state or country are my employees working from? Are they creating taxable events in the location they are working from? Is the company and employee still compliant with tax authorities? And while these are all questions you have likely had to ask in the past, now more than ever, it is important to find the answers. As you continue to evaluate your company’s need to keep employees working from a place outside of their usual office, here are further considerations you and your company should keep in mind.
As a result of COVID-19, many business functions are taking steps to create and update multiple policies within their organization, and the global mobility department is no exception. While restrictions remain in place for “traditional” mobile employees such as business travelers, assignees, commuters, and transferees, an even larger group of remote workers—including work-from-home or “work anywhere” employees—is creating new mobility tax issues for companies to consider.