In any tax system, a high level of certainty is required for both ease of tax administration and the efficient collection of tax liabilities. Likewise, for companies and their stakeholders, domestic and international tax-related certainty is a fundamental goal. The UK’s EU referendum and potential exit from the European Union represent serious threats to this desired stability. And the biggest challenge businesses will face from a potential “Brexit” will be negotiating the resulting uncertainty.
If your company sends staff abroad, there are advantages to having a tax equalisation policy. It will offset employee tax burdens associated with overseas assignments while ensuring employer tax compliance in home and host countries. Many of these policies are shaped more by company philosophy than legal requirements. But making the right decisions about what to include in the policy is critical to achieving a balance between attracting and retaining top talent, maximising tax advantages, and streamlining expatriate tax reimbursement processes and payroll administration.