It is important to know the costs, opportunities, and challenges of sending employees to do business in different countries. Complying with the foreign payroll tax withholding and reporting obligations in every country where your employees work and live can be crucial to avoid costly penalties and interests to both the employers and employees.
 

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CANADIAN ENTERPRISES EXPANDING OUTSIDE CANADA

  • Review and asses each of the expatriate assignments to determine your reporting and withholding obligations in the host jurisdictions (the foreign countries the expatriates are sent to work) as well as in Canada (if the expatriates remain on the Canadian payroll)
  • Advise on executive compensation, moving reimbursement, and tax equalization policies
  • Develop an efficient system/approach for managing the global compliance of international payroll withholding and reporting requirements, including:
    • develop technology tools to track/allocate expatriates’ compensation for working in different jurisdictions
    • assist with obtaining certificates of coverage to help reduce social security taxes in foreign jurisdictions
    • assist with obtaining waivers to help reduce Canadian withholding
    • if necessary, co-ordinate with payroll service providers in host jurisdictions for administering the payroll withholding and reporting requirements

  • Assist the expatriates in meeting their personal tax compliance requirements:
    • Canada – if applicable, preparation of the expatriates’ Canadian personal income tax returns, with the claims of foreign tax credits in respect of foreign personal taxes paid to the governments in the host jurisdictions
    • Host jurisdictions – if necessary, co-ordinate with local tax professionals for complying with the local personal tax reporting requirements


FOREIGN-CONTROLLED ENTERPRISES INVESTING IN CANADA

  • Review and asses each of the expatriate assignments in Canada to determine your Canadian reporting and withholding obligations
  • Advise on executive compensation, moving reimbursement, and tax equalization policies
  • Develop an efficient system/approach for managing the Canadian compliance of payroll withholding and reporting requirements, including:
    • develop technology tools to track/allocate the expatriates’ compensation for working in Canada
    • assist with obtaining certificates of coverage to help reduce social security taxes in Canada
    • where applicable, assist with obtaining waivers to help reduce Canadian withholding
    • where applicable, assist with the administration of Canadian payroll withholding and reporting requirements

  • Assist with the preparation of Canadian tax filings:
    • Employer – T4 slip and summary information return to report salaries and wages paid to Canadian expatriate employees
    • Canadian expatriate employees – Canadian personal income tax returns in respect of Canadian sourced employment income

 


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