As if risk minimization and tax compliance were not challenging enough previously, the increase in remote workers — promoted by the pandemic — has many tax and mobility professionals worried about the increased potential for tax violations in the future. Tracking employees and properly adhering to tax requirements has always been a major focus, and mobility teams are more valuable than ever to companies that now have more employees working from so many more locations. 

In this Accounting Today article, GTN's Jen Stein puts forth the pros and cons of remote work, paying particularly close attention to possible tax and compliance issues from the increase in remote workers for companies. With regard to the cons, she speaks to the fact that duty of care might suffer, tax violations may occur, and that certain departments may be inexperienced and overwhelmed. 

But she doesn't leave you hanging with only the potential pitfalls and goes on to offer some advice related to being proactive and adhering to best practices. To avoid being negatively impacted by your increased remote workforce, her three best practices are:

  • Make sure you know where they are — track them!
  • Define these employees and where it is ok and where it is not. This likely means resetting (or creating) remote work and travel policies.
  • Tap into technology to help make the above easier and more efficient.

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While tax compliance has never been simple, it could be a little more complicated, and because of the increased numbers of remote workers, maybe even riskier.