As we approach the end of another year, businesses are navigating the intricate landscape of year-end payroll, with a particular emphasis on the unique challenges posed by the evolving nature of remote and mobile work. Over the past few years, we have witnessed a significant change in thinking about work dynamics, with remote and mobile employment becoming more prevalent than ever. Consequently, mobility and payroll professionals are faced with a set of challenges that demand a nuanced approach to ensure accuracy, compliance, and employee satisfaction.
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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.