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Relocation Tax

Articles and updates on relocation tax issues.

Transferee Tax Filing Tips

Tax season has arrived. It is both a headache and a relief for some people as they stumble around the rules and regulations of tax laws, exceptions, deductions, and write offs, hoping for a big return. Obviously, it’s important for everybody to take care when filing their taxes but it’s especially important for recently relocated transferees to understand exactly what their work related move entails in terms of filing. The best advice I can offer is to have your transferee speak to a professional tax consultant to ensure everything is filed correctly, but there are several tips, tricks and reminders that I can offer right now.

Transferee Tax Filing Tips

Tax season has arrived. It is both a headache and a relief for some people as they stumble around the rules and regulations of tax laws, exceptions, deductions, and write offs, hoping for a big return. Obviously, it’s important for everybody to take care when filing their taxes but it’s especially important for recently relocated transferees to Transferee Tax Filing Tipsunderstand exactly what their work related move entails in terms of filing. The best advice I can offer is to have your transferee speak to a professional tax consultant to ensure everything is filed correctly, but there are several tips, tricks and reminders that I can offer right now.

ReloTax: Understanding The New Closing Disclosure Forms

As some of you may already know, there are many significant changes this year, including all new tax rates and tables. Further, the government relocation and FTR rules have been updated including new Canadian tax revisions as well. And, as we’ve discussed for the past few months, the new 2015 Closing Disclosure form – the one replacing the HUD-1 which becomes effective October 3, 2015 is included and discussed in great detail.

Relocation Tax Reporting for Transferees

Just as you are working through the tax filing process in HR, Payroll and Finance, so are your transferees.. That means it’s a good time to remind your transferees about some of the tax deductions they may be eligible for due to their relocation. This is especially helpful for first-time transferees or last year’s college grads who may have limited experience with relocation and/or filing taxes in general. While you can offer your transferee some basic advice, it’s still important that they speak to their accountant, tax consultant, or relocation provider to ensure they are filing correctly and meeting all requirements.

2015 Relocation Tax Information

Relocation TaxAt the end of every year, we try to share as much tax information as possible so that HR, payroll and relocation managers know what to expect in the coming year. This year, INEO has been kind enough to share with us a side-by-side comparison of 15 Federal Taxes and Gross-ups for years 2014 and 1015. As such, we want to share it with you. A very special thanks to David Oltman for providing us with this crib sheet. To read more about relocation tax, please take a spin through David’s other blogs here, including this year’s Top 15 Payroll and Relocation Tax Issues for 2014. Comparison tables are after the jump, but for a printable version, please visit: 15 Federal Taxes and Gross-ups.  

Top 15 Payroll and Relocation Tax Issues for 2014

Relocation Tax ExpertEvery year, we have tax changes that we need to know about in order to give our clients and their transferees the tools they need to account for their year-end tax situation. This year, however, it’s important to note that there is so much going on when it comes to relocation taxation and payroll that human resources, third party relocation companies and transferees should be taking the time now to understand the nuances. If you are in HR, and you have a relocation tax policy that is more than a year old, you should consider it outdated, possibly irrelevant. 

Are Tax Gross-ups Worth It?

As we know all too well, the tax implications of relocating employees is significant. With the exceptions of household goods moving, 30 days of storage, final move expenses and compliant home sale programs, many relocation benefits are taxable to the employee. Further, not only must you treat the other expenses as income to your employee, you must also treat any tax assistance for covered benefits as taxable income as well. 

The Mobile Workforce Bill and the 30 Day Rule for Temporary Assignments

There has always been some confusion around tax filings for employees on temporary assignments. At what point should companies withhold state and local taxes for assignees? One day? One week? A month? Technically, if even one day is spent working in a state, then local and/or state taxes may need to be withheld. Most companies, however, use a 30 day rule where if one month or more is spent in a state, then they will proceed with withholding state and local taxes. It’s important to know that the popular 30 day rule is not a law – it is simply an industry practice.

Tax Planning for a Move Abroad

Relocation TaxationThis article is reprinted from Taxolutions with permission from Rowland, Johnson & Company, P.A.

Many Americans are considering moving abroad to take advantage of professional and personal opportunities in a global economy. But as a U.S. citizen living in a foreign country, your tax situation may become more complex, especially because the U.S. requires all of its citizens and green card holders living abroad to continue to file returns in the U.S., and pay taxes on their worldwide income. Depending on the source and level of your income, however, you may be entitled to a number of tax breaks, chiefly designed to keep you from being taxed doubly by your adopted country, as well as the United States. Whether you actually come out ahead on taxes will depend on which country you work in and its tax rates, along with your individual financial and employment situations.

Tax Series: Per Diem Rates Go Unchanged for Fiscal Year 2013

Relocation Tax ExpertIn my last post about tax issues that will impact relocation in 2013, I want to cover per diem rates. This really only applies to government employees, but some corporate programs do follow the government rates when it comes to per diem. If you are a relocation manager for a government entity or a business that follows government rates, then you already know that the Government Services Agency (GSA) establishes the per diem rates for the United States. These are the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on official travel. This travel does include home finding trips, so your transferees will be impacted.

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