If you’re a business looking to expand internationally, you’ll need to comply with a host of unfamiliar regulations, from immigration rules to permanent establishment laws to employer obligations. You’ll also face myriad new challenges and unfamiliar requirements specifically related to finance and accounting. Knowing country-specific rules and regulations can help you develop a sound accounting strategy to maximize revenue, manage your tax liability and reduce business risk. Understanding best practices abroad can help you establish a solid accounting framework and reporting structure and avoid penalties and fines.
International expansion for young and fast-growing companies is a tricky proposition for a variety of reasons. Uncertainty surrounding revenue, profitability and market position can lead to conflicting priorities between management and board members. Furthermore, responsibility for managing rapid growth is rarely evenly distributed within an organization, and certain teams such as HR, finance and legal may be understaffed and overwhelmed by the administrative burdens associated with international expansion. Regardless of company size or profile, an organization generally decides to expand its international footprint for one or more of the four following reasons.