Global employer services

Global employer services

​When employees work in multiple countries there are cross-border implications for your business and the employee. The planning and coordination of domestic and foreign country tax laws can be challenging and can carry significant financial risk. Our Global Employer Services experts advise you and your employees on tax and social security issues that come into play as a result of employee mobility. And, with our global network that covers 162 countries and territories, chances are we’ve got experts wherever your employees may work.

It is also vital to address new working paradigms such as movement towards ‘Working from anywhere’ which began as an unintended consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, can employees continue to work from anywhere – extending the new prospect of more agile work arrangements into the future - and do employers wish to support this? We explore the tax and non-tax implications of allowing greater flexibility in terms of working remotely, across international or inter-state borders in a series of video commentaries dedicated to this topic. Explore the series at WORKING FROM ANYWHERE.

Our Global Employer Services experts have extensive experience with assignee headcounts ranging from 1 to over 1,000. Our Global Employer Services experts have a diverse portfolio of clients and we bring the collective knowledge and experience of the BDO network to all assignments, so we’re ideally placed to advise you.

Our Global Employer Services work falls into four main categories:

  • Expatriate Tax Services – these services cover all aspects of an assignment, including: advising on global assignment policies, including tax equalisation; Human Resources support, such as advising on remuneration and incentive plans; pre-departure/post-arrival counseling and repatriation assistance for employees; tax compliance services, such as tax return preparation, annual tax equalisation calculations; and so on.
  • Business Traveller Management Services – these services include: smart technology to assist with tax and immigration compliance for your business travellers, as well emergency location features; technology that provides real-time monitoring of employees travelling; and the ability to produce vital reports and manage all the compliance risks associated with having a globally mobile workforce. For more information about our Business Traveller Management Services talk to your local BDO expatriate tax expert at your local BDO Member Firm.
  • Customised Payroll Solutions – this includes assistance with: payroll compliance and costs management planning; preparation of shadow or split payrolls; setting up payroll systems in new locations and for new employees; management of international payrolls; analysis of taxability of wages and benefits in each jurisdiction; and so on. For more information about our Customised Payroll Solutions talk to your local BDO expatriate tax expert at your local BDO Member Firm.
  • Global Equity Services – these services revolve around optimising employee share plans and include, for example: advising on tax implications of such plans for both the employer and employee; designing, drafting, and implementing such plans; payroll assistance and filings; and so on.

In addition to having a deep understanding of expatriate tax issues and opportunities, BDO has a wide range of specialists whose advice spans the full range of taxes. And, because collaboration is embedded in our culture, all of our clients have access to senior-level specialists who have technical and business experience.

Our approach to serving clients is based on the idea of partner-led service, rather than partner directed service. This means that the BDO team working with you is led by someone who you see and deal with regularly – not some remote figurehead. This hands-on approach means we respond quickly and you don’t have to tell us things twice, because with one central point of contact for all issues we ensure a timely follow-up.

View our latest Global Employer Services publications in the Related Insights below.

To talk to your local BDO expatriate tax expert, please visit the BDO web site for your country.

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Peter Wuyts

Peter Wuyts

Chair - Global Employer Services Centre of Excellence, BDO Belgium
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