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Tax Liabilities for Employees Working Abroad

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

As a large corporation was forced to restructure after a merger, the company terminated a U.S. employee who had been working on locations in Europe for a couple years. Sixty days after the employee left the company, he received a notice from the foreign revenue department assessing him 256,000 Euros for foreign taxes that had not been paid.

The corporation had not paid into the foreign tax system on his behalf during his entire time on assignment. Because it was the employer’s responsibility to withhold the taxes and remit to the government, the corporation had to pay the amount even though the individual no longer worked for the corporation.

Additionally this caused a large amount of income to be reported in the U.S., resulting in a large U.S. payment as well. This lack of attention to detail cost the company hundreds of thousands, for one employee. PZI found ways to utilize the credits back from the employee, reducing the final costs to the corporation.

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