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Understanding the concept of PE is critical for international operations. Find out why in this video.

A shadow payroll can lower your company’s risks when you send an employee abroad. Find out why in this short video.

Any activity carried out by a business in a country that results in revenue being generated or value created is likely to be deemed by local tax authorities as a permanent establishment, or “PE.” Local tax authorities will in turn assess corporate tax on deemed revenue arising in-country. In most countries, in order to recognize a PE — or a taxable presence — the revenue-generating entity needs to be formally registered under some corporate identity, typically a branch, representative office or subsidiary.

Are you considering the right things when Partnering up abroad?

Employment laws in foreign countries are often complex and are typically designed to protect the worker, not the employer, so extreme care should be taken when hiring independent contractors (aka “service contractors” or “self-employed contractors”). An independent contractor may later be deemed an employee by the host-country authorities during or after engagement, leading to substantial employer penalties and reputational damage which far exceed the cost of employment.

International activities often start small—a research project that was only going to take a few weeks, or an internship program to see if students would be interested, or even informal recruiting efforts in a target foreign country. Program success leads to growth of activities, which may also increase compliance and regulatory considerations for the university, in addition to the risks which may have been present upon commencement if the activity was not adequately planned to address compliance risks.

On July 12, 2016 the European Commission officially adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield. This guide will tell you why this is good news for US companies transferring data to and from the EU, and will tell you what you need to do now.

Most US-based organizations — and many US citizens and residents — with one or more financial accounts located outside the country must file an FBAR with the US Department of Treasury on or before June 30 every year. This is a brief summary of the requirement, including information on who must file and penalties for noncompliance.

Automatic enrolment is unquestionably the biggest regulatory change to UK workplace pensions in a generation. As a UK employer, now is the time to ask yourself: What do I need to do to comply with the change, and when?

The nuances and challenges of managing and running international HR can throw off even the most experienced HR leader. This guide will review three topics that repeatedly come up in conversations regarding international HR and expansion into new geographies.

Expanding internationally is a major milestone in the growth of most businesses, and one that requires significant planning and attention.

CFO Research, in conjunction with High Street Partners, surveyed executives at small to mid-sized U.S. companies about their experiences with pursuing business overseas and their reasons for doing so. We collected 161 responses from executives at companies with revenue between $50 million and $1 billion. All respondents have either experience with, or an interest in pursuing, non-U.S. business. Read key insights from the survey and the experienced executives who responded.