InPat ExPat Payroll Training

Rules For InPat And ExPat Payroll Training

Inpat / Expat payroll refers to the payroll responsibilities of providing payroll to individuals whose country of work is different from the country in which they reside.

Defining Inpats And Expats

An inpatriate (aka "InPat") is a person who is from a foreign country and who is temporarily or permanently residing and working in a different country. For example, a citizen from India working in the US is an Inpat.

An expatriate (aka "ExPat") is a person temporarily or permanently residing and working in a country other than that of their citizenship. For example, a US citizen working in Saudi Arabia is and ExPat.

These terms most-commonly refer to professionals or skilled workers sent abroad by their employers to work. Neither should be confused with the term "immigrant', which is a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.

What Is "Shadow Payroll"?

Shadow payroll is used to report and pay taxes to the US - but not to pay an employee. Essentially, it shows the host-country's reporting and tax withholding obligations.

How Do I Run A Shadow Payroll?

Shadow payroll is commonly established to report and pay an expat employee's host-country taxes while he or she remains on a home-country payroll. It is run by calculating the taxes owed under US law based on the employee's earnings and non-salary benefits.

What Is Tax Equalization For Expatriates? What Does Tax Equalization Mean?

In simple terms, tax equalisation means that the employee pays no more and no less tax while on assignment than they would have paid had they remained in their home country.

Note: Most expats do not pay US taxes because of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or Foreign Tax Credit benefits. However, expats still need to file taxes annually, even if they do not owe any taxes to the IRS.

Recommended InPat ExPat Payroll Training Courses

Featured Course: Inpats & Expats: Payroll Compliance Tips

Many companies sponsor non-US based workers to perform services in the United States under many different types of Visas, with the employment tax treatment frequently driven by the type of Visa.

And guess what? As the Payroll Professional, you are expected to be aware of how to pay employees in foreign jurisdictions, how to run a shadow payroll in the United States, and how to work with a third party provider who may be performing the tax equalization for these workers.

Here is just some of what you will learn:
  • Overview of "Inpatriates", "Expatriates", "Globalization", "Equalization", and "Totalization"
  • Determining whether or not the individual can work for a US company
  • Different types of Visas
  • Employment tax treatment of the different Visa types
  • Employment tax treatment of the worker
  • How treaties affect the withholding process
  • When is an employee subject to social security taxation
  • How the workers are paid from the US
  • How to determine the scope and potential areas of focus for your audit
  • How to identify any areas of concern prior to an external audit or an audit by another group within your company
  • Common areas where mistakes or issues can normally be found
  • How a review can help you detect internal control issues
  • Where to go to for assistance so you're not re-creating the wheel
  • Devising a game plan on what you want to review and how to divide and conquer
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Featured Course: Paycheck Fundamentals Training & Certification Program

The Paycheck Fundamentals Training & Certification Program helps beginning and intermediate HR professionals learn the basic payroll requirements.

The Program includes plain-English descriptions of the various requirements, processes, and procedures, as well as numerous examples, administrative tips, and interactive Q&A to help provide valuable insight into compliance requirements. The Program also includes an optional test for those who wish to earn the "Certified Paycheck Fundamentals Administrator" designation. This Program also qualifies for eight hours of PHR and SPHR re-certification credits!

What You'll Learn
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Besides the basics, you will also learn to:
  • Identify, pay, and withhold taxes for employees
  • Handle deferred compensation, cafeteria plan, sick pay, and other compensation
  • Properly provide stock options, expense reimbursements, relocation, and other "expenses"
  • Follow the proper policies, procedures, and documentation requirements for garnishments and levies
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More About Inpat Expat Payroll

Basic questions involved with Inpat / Expat payroll include:
  • What are the applicable laws in both countries?
  • What are the applicable taxes in both countries?
  • How are funds delivered: in the funds of the home or visiting country?
  • How do I handle Year-End and other reporting requirements?
Don't make simple mistakes when it comes to Inpat / Expat payroll - get yourself trained with one of our InPat ExPat training courses.

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