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Compliance-and COVID-19

A closer look at immigration and taxes in 2021

orientation and onboarding processes must
transform. Technology has become essential in
smoothing the introduction to a new organization, allowing new hires to continue to experience company culture-one key to employee

varied life, " Townsend says, adding, " The pandemic
thrusted this evolution into warp speed. "
Immigration will likely be even more of a
challenge for the relocation industry as well.
Immigration authorities in some countries are
scrutinizing expats' work permits and work visas
more closely than ever. Granted, many countries
fervently want expats working in their country as a
boost to the economy, but because of the pandemic devastating many other nations' location
economies and creating high unemployment, some
governments may make it harder for corporations
to transfer employees-if it's believed that local
employees can do the job that expats are doing.
Some affluent expats-to get around the limitations some countries are imposing-are actually
applying for a second citizenship in order to obtain
a second passport. For example, it's been estimated
that applications from United Arab Emirates expats
for second passports in 2020 shot up by 30%.
As a result of these many complications, demand
is increasing for integrated services to streamline an
employee's transition overseas, taking into account
their family's unique circumstances. Global mobility
professionals will need to aim to bring immigration,
tax, and relocation service providers together to help
manage these issues and work toward ensuring a
more streamlined process, according to Erickson
Immigration Group. This will not only ease compliance
issues, but it will also boost employee experience,
another area of focus for the new year. According to
Salman Cheema, Erickson Immigration Group managing attorney - international practice, " When immigration, tax, and relocation teams work together, facilitated by in-house global mobility, employees-and
their families-feel cared for and supported through
one of the biggest changes in their personal and
professional life, with the end result being a focused,
engaged, and retained employee and family. "

satisfaction and retention. A little creativity helps,
too: Personalized swag bags and other deliverable
content or scheduled chats with employees from
all parts of the organization are two ideas companies can employ.

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Every country is different in how it handles expats
working from home, and it's easy to see why countries and companies want to keep track of where an
expat is working. For instance, if you have a Canadian
employee working in Switzerland but taking a lengthy
trip to Ireland to care for ailing parents in the evening
and work during the day, what country is entitled to
the taxes on the employee's wages? If your employee
becomes injured on the job and wants the employer
to pay for those injuries, was the expat really on the
job if he or she was staying with parents?
That may be an unlikely hypothetical, but you get
the point. Compliance questions are going to come
up in 2021-and beyond-says Johnie Townsend, tax
manager at KPMG, a global network of professional
firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. " With
so many people being able to work remotely and
productively outside the traditional brick-and-mortar
workplace, employers have seen an uptick in requests
from employees to move to more desirable living
locations, " she says. " This-coupled with the competition for talent-will force employers to consider
allowing for some form of 'working from anywhere.' "
Working anywhere sounds great, and it is, but it
can create headaches for human resource departments and other professionals.
" In certain cases, this can create significant individual, payroll, and corporate tax consequences,
along with new compliance requirements, that
employers will need to evaluate and assess, "
Townsend says. " In addition, employers will need
to create some governance, processes, and policies to manage these 'work anywhere' requests. "
Of course, compliance questions were already an
issue in the relocation space. " For the last decade,
there have been quite a few studies about how the
new generation of employees put less value in traditional methods of work and more in having flexibility at work that allows them to have a full and


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