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Expats urged to check four things – could you be held liable for tax fraud?

She suggested people in this situation seek advice from their company’s HR team or global mobility team as they will need to investigate any double-taxation treaties to find a way for income tax to be paid in one country and credited in the other.

For employees that have been sent, whether virtually or in-person, to work abroad, their employer should generally compensate them for potential tax liability losses: “In order to deliver the same net salary, the company will need to tax equalise the employee.”

However, Ms Boccagni cautioned that the opposite could also be true if an employee is only taxable in one country with a lower tax rate than their home country and it would then be up to the employer whether to equalise their compensation or just tax protect and let the employee keep their gains. 

She added that those who choose to work in a different location to their place of employment may face a situation where their employer sees any potential tax liability as the employee’s sole responsibility. 


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