Managing short-term business travelers

There are a variety of things to consider for short-term business travelers working in foreign jurisdictions

May 15, 2022

Key takeaways

Reputational risk and costs are high if not managed proactively 

Immigration, corporate and individual tax considerations vary by country

Employees work in foreign jurisdictions while maintaining tax residency in their home country

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Host countries have various tax reporting requirements and obligations which can cause significant administrative and tax burdens on the company, who may be unaware of their exposure to penalties and other regulatory risks.

RSM understands the challenges companies face tracking global business travelers and employees working remotely overseas. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Having a foundation of key aspects to consider when sending employees overseas on short-term assignments, by country, can take considerable resources and time.

Sending employees to foreign jurisdictions

If you are sending employees to jurisdictions outside Canada, the following country-specific guides provide you, and your employees, with baseline information and insights before they arrive:

Short-term business travelers (STBTs) can trigger unexpected tax reporting obligations, for themselves and employers. STBTs are generally employees who work in another tax jurisdiction for a short period of time while maintaining tax residency in their home country. When sending employees on a short-term assignment, make sure to review the following areas:


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