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Global Mobility

In today’s global business environment, employers find themselves managing an increasingly international workforce. But cross-border employments create compliance challenges for both the employer and the employee; there are tax, social security and payroll implications to address in multiple locations. Our global mobility team will help you navigate the complexity and focus on the underlying goal of international expansion. 

We can help you work through:

  • International assignments or secondments
  • UK employees relocating abroad
  • Foreign nationals coming to work in the UK
  • Business visitors
  • Cross-border commuters who live and work in more than one country
  • Non-resident directors
  • Foreign-based employees of UK companies, including remote workers

Assignment planning

We optimise the structure of your international employments and highlight the implications of your preferred approach, helping you plan in advance to meet your obligations. The best solution will take into account factors as diverse as tax, social security, administration, timing, duration, employment law, immigration and pensions.

Tax compliance

Internationally-mobile employees may have to file tax returns in more than one country. We ease the burden, ensure tax returns are correct, and manage the interaction between home and host country tax regimes. In these situations, there are also compliance considerations for the employer, including: payroll operation; reporting benefits and share plans; social security costs; local employment rights; the risk of creating a permanent establishment (a taxable presence of your company in a foreign country); and the transfer of employment costs between group companies (transfer pricing). Your global mobility adviser will take these issues into consideration to deliver fully joined-up advice.

Expat payroll

Payroll administration for international assignments can be challenging; differing salary packages, unfamiliar rules, disparate reporting periods and fluctuating exchange rates all take their toll. Our global mobility advisers work closely with our experienced payroll team (or yours, if you prefer) to ensure everything runs smoothly.

International social security

The social security liability for an international employment often falls in a different country to the tax liability, and the answer can vary due to a subtle change in circumstances. It’s a complex situation, and expert guidance will help you get through it.

Global mobility policy

International employment agreements should be documented to provide clarity and certainty to all parties regarding their rights and obligations. Our experienced global mobility professionals will give you pragmatic guidance.

Tax equalisation

Many employers offer to protect their employees from any additional tax burden associated with a foreign assignment. So-called ‘tax equalisation’ or ‘tax protection’ arrangements need careful implementation and management to ensure they run seamlessly throughout the assignment. 

 Get in touch to see how we can help your people be more mobile.

Key contact

Partner
David Wignall

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Meet the team

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Peter Abbott

Expatriate Tax Manager

Peter joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in January 2019 as Expatriate Tax Manager working within the Human Capital Advisory service line.

Peter is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and has over ten years of experience working in tax, with a focus on expatriate tax and global mobility. Having worked previously at EY and Deloitte, Peter has worked with many different clients of various sizes, from private clients and small to medium businesses to large, international corporations, helping them on a range of advisory and compliance issues.

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Patrick King

Tax Partner

Patrick is a Tax Partner and Chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson's Tax Steering Group as well as our national associations Tax Strategy Group, leading a team of specialists to ensure clients have access to the very best in compliance services and tax mitigation solutions. Patrick's own specialisms are capital tax planning for individuals, corporate restructuring, remuneration planning, profit extraction/repatriation and increasingly, international matters. He also advises clients on the tax implications of buying and selling their business. 

Patrick is a keen swimmer and occasional free diver,who still competes! He is an advocate of “anything worth doing, is worth doing well”.

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Batanayi Katongera

Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing

Batanayi is a Partner based in the London office.

Batanayi leads the transfer pricing service line at MHA and has over 18 years of transfer pricing experience in the UK across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including financial services, private equity, funds, manufacturing, media and technology, as well as life sciences and telecommunications.

Batanayi helps clients prepare and defend transfer pricing policies and he has a particular focus on resolving transfer pricing disputes involving complex transfer pricing enquiries.  This extends to handling MAP proceedings and agreeing APAs, and ATCAs. 

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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

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