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A federal judge has directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume the acceptance and adjudication of petitions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
On 1 December, a U.S. District Court set aside two interim final rules (IFRs) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) that would make hiring foreign national workers more difficult.
On 30 November, Worldwide ERC® filed a comment on a proposed USCIS wage-based lottery process that would negatively impact the workforce mobility industry.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended travel restrictions along the Canada and Mexico Borders. Worldwide ERC® provides an update to more travel restrictions around the world that workforce mobility professionals will need to know.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on 2 November that would prioritize the selection of H-1B registrations based on the highest prevailing wage level instead of the current lottery selection process.
With the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020, the U.K.’s new immigration system will be applicable to all new entrants to the U.K. from 01 January 2021.
The United Stated Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a fee increase for premium processing services that went into effect this week on 19 October.
The United Kingdom is now bracing for a hard Brexit after a 15 October deadline was missed as the U.K. government and the European Union (EU) continue to negotiate through trade issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a global impact. While we settle into the new “normal” of working from anywhere, new questions related to domestic taxation are uncovered.
On Wednesday, 30 September the Treasury issued TD 9925 which contains final guidance under section 274 of the Internal Revenue Code regarding amendments made to the deductibility of meals and entertainment costs with passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017.
Newly released rules from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security aim to make changes to the H-1B program that will make hiring these foreign national workers more difficult for companies.
Worldwide ERC®’s filed an amicus brief in September that was considered in a recent preliminary injunction against Trump’s work visa ban.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives swiftly passed a continuing resolution by 359-57 and this week the Senate passed the bill by 84-10. The President has now signed the bill into law to avoid a government shutdown.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has conducted a review of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)’s “geographic targeting order” (GTO), a mechanism used to collect information on certain U.S. real estate transactions in an effort to identify potential money laundering.
The last six months have presented new challenges, but the real estate industry has performed surprisingly well and certainly better than anyone could have probably predicted.
Since its initial outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catastrophic event for everyone around the world. As the virus remains, so too do changes in various approaches to countries’ borders.
News reports announced this week that the U.S. federal government will remove limitations on where international flights can land in the U.S. as well as plans to eliminate enhanced medical screenings of international passengers arriving to the U.S.
As negotiations ensue over avoiding a U.S. government shutdown, a new version of a previous economic stimulus bill failed to pass in the Senate.
Worldwide ERC® has filed an amicus brief supporting two lawsuits challenging the administration’s immigration proclamation that suspends certain nonimmigrant workers from entering the United States until the end of the year.
Worldwide ERC® aims to keep members informed about major public policy issues affecting not just U.S. workforce mobility, but global workforce mobility. As a non-partisan association, this week we cover the Republican National Convention (RNC), following last week’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
On 25 August, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the cancelation of its scheduled furlough of over 13,000 employees.
Many homeowners are considering refinancing their mortgages, as low mortgage rates continue. However, the economic uncertainty due COVID-19 led Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to introduce a new adverse market fee on refinanced mortgages, which will now be implemented 1 December rather than the originally planned 1 September.
Worldwide ERC® aims to keep members informed about major public policy issues affecting not just U.S. workforce mobility, but global workforce mobility. As a non-partisan association, we’ll provide coverage of this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions as we look ahead to the U.S. elections and consider workforce mobility. Up first, the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics announced on 12 August that its economy is facing its deepest recession since records began.
The U.S. Department of State released guidance detailing the exemption criteria under President Trumps’ proclamation that suspends certain nonimmigrant workers from entering the United States.
President Trump released 3 memorandums and one Executive Order aimed at providing financial relief to U.S. workers and their families.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a final rule which will implement new and increased fees for nonimmigrant visas including the H-1B, L-1, O, E and TN used for workforce mobility to the United States.
This week, Worldwide ERC® signed onto a letter led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling on Congress to provide employer liability protections against Coronavirus-related lawsuits.
This week, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released their proposal for another COVID-19 relief package titled the Heath, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, which includes extended PPP loans and employer liability protection.
The European Union’s 27 member states reached an agreement to put forth a €750 billion coronavirus pandemic recovery fund.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recently taken steps to transition out of government conservatorship and have extended several loan origination flexibilities.
The U.S. Department of State announced that U.S. embassies and consulates will begin a phased resumption of routine visa services.
The scheduled furlough of over 13,000 employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was delayed until 31 August
Worldwide ERC® sent a letter of support to Senator John Thune of South Dakota to reiterate our longstanding need of this legislation and the benefits it provides to workforce mobility.
The U.K. government published additional details on its upcoming points-based immigration system.
Efforts to curb real estate wire fraud were adopted into the House Committee on Appropriations bills last week.
Worldwide ERC®, American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and International Association of Movers (IAM) sent a letter to Congress on behalf of the household goods moving industry and the workforce mobility industry requesting reinstatement of the moving tax expense deduction and exclusion.
Unintended tax implications could arise for employers with employees working remotely in different states.
Europe’s top court struck down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that workforce mobility companies use to protect the transfer of personal data of transferees between the EU and U.S.
President Trump’s 22 June immigration proclamation is experiencing legal pushback.
On 12 July, incumbent president of Poland Andrzej Duda won reelection after a tight runoff.
Worldwide ERC®’s Government Affairs sent letters to Congress advocating for additional workforce mobility relief in the next economic stimulus package.
China’s new security measure over Hong Kong was signed into law, triggering responses from the U.K. and Australia that impact mobility.
The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to furlough as many as 13,400 of its 20,000 employees as soon as 3 August.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that the President has the authority at will to remove the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
A bill that extends the timeframe for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program passed the House and Senate last week to then be signed into law by President Trump on 4 July.
President and CEO Lynn Shotwell and Charles L. White, President, International Association of Movers, wrote to the director of TRANSCOM to request seasonal H-2B workers who aid in critical military moves be permitted to enter the country in the aftermath of the 22 June U.S. immigration proclamation.
The White House released an amendment to the President Trump’s 22 June immigration proclamation and Customs Border Protection provides guidance to ports on Canadian exemptions from the proclamation.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was ratified in March of this year with the final sign off by the Canadian government, will officially go into effect on 1 July.
As the Coronavirus pandemic shifts in different parts of the world, countries continue to weigh their options for reopening their borders.
The IRS issued a notice guiding employers using employee leave to make cash donations to charitable organizations working to help victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bill that would expand upon the California False Claims Act to protect businesses against fraud moved forward in the state Senate.
On 22 June, President Donald Trump released an executive order that extends and expands upon his suspension of new visa entries
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on 18 June holding that the Trump administration’s termination of DACA in 2017 was unlawful.
On 16 June, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a 30-day extension of its relaxed compliance of required physical inspection of I-9 identity and employment authorization documents until 19 July
U.S. Passport operations are beginning a phased reopening of passport processing and services.
China is taking additional measures to bring Hong Kong under its control in a move that’s prompted a global response and will likely have much larger impacts for workforce mobility.
The Main Street Lending Program, a federal initiative to provide loans to small and medium-sized businesses, is expanding access and easing conditions on loans in the United States’ effort to boost the economy.
California’s A.B. 2660 would allow employers to file a group income tax return for their international business travelers simplifying existing tax obligations.
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, containing provisions supported by Worldwide ERC has been signed into law by the President
The USCIS announced its phased rollout plan to resume premium processing for petitions.
Several governments are developing economic recovery proposals to help economies, businesses and individuals offset the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to reopen certain offices on 4 June with added health and safety precautions.
A new proclamation by President Trump restricts entry into the U.S. to non-U.S. residents who have been to Brazil within a 14-day period
The U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill allowing businesses to receive both loan forgiveness and payroll tax deferment, provisions for which Worldwide ERC® continues to advocate for as the bill moves forward to the U.S. Senate.
Telecommuting arrangements that result in employees working in a state other than their normal place of work create significant uncertainty for employers related to tax compliance.
A California bill introduced in January to limit the deductibility of mortgage interest to taxpayers’ principle residences and impose an overall cap is no longer under consideration this year.
H.R. 6886 proposes to amend the Paycheck Protection Program to allow more flexibility for businesses in how they use and repay their PPP loans.
Letters to President Trump, one from Worldwide ERC® and one signed by 324 employers and trade, industry, and higher education associations and groups urge the administration to renew access to critical nonimmigrant talent.
The U.S. federal government has delayed the effective date for when a Real ID will be required as an official form of identification to October 2021.
The EU has postponed until the end of 2022 the travel registration requirement for nationals of countries who are permitted to travel to Schengen countries without a visa.
The Democrats proposal for additional Coronavirus impact relief contains some provisions of interest to Worldwide ERC® members.
As the world slowly begins planning for reopening businesses, governments are examining their travel restrictions. Worldwide ERC® is tracking this closely.
Even though employee mobility is drastically reduced as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments continue to act—and Worldwide ERC® continues to monitor and advocate on key issues.
IRS has issued a notice indicating that expenses paid from forgiven PPP loans will not be deductible.
The U.S. federal government is still moving employees, albeit at a reduced pace. GSA announced a temporary increase in payments to CHAMP movers and risk mitigation guidelines for the move process.
Congress has allocated an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program in line with the request by Worldwide ERC® for more funds for the program.
President Trump followed through on his announcement that he would suspend immigration to the U.S. The 60-day suspension begins tonight at midnight (eastern).
Worldwide ERC® thanks U.S. Treasury for clarifying the tax implications for workers impacted by COVID-19 related travel restrictions and asks for other governments to follow lead.
Worldwide ERC® is actively monitoring the impact on mobility of President Trump’s intent to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S.
Worldwide ERC® sent letters to congressional leaders requesting upcoming economic stimulus packages include three provisions related to the Paycheck Protection Program to help Worldwide ERC® members address the impact of the coronavirus.
The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its restrictions on the travel of members of the U.S. military from 11 May until 30 June.
The Internal Revenue Service acted on 10 April 2020 to greatly expand its earlier filing and payment relief.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management issued a fact sheet to federal agencies on submitting waivers for payment limits on relocation benefit incentives for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
USMCA will take effect on 1 June, now that Canada has vote to approve the agreement.
With the continued economic impacts COVID-19 is having on the U.S. economy, the government passed a series of relief packages aimed at helping the American economy, businesses, and individuals.
By declaring a national emergency on 13 March, President Trump triggered provisions of the Internal Revenue code that permit employers to make disaster relief payments tax-free.
The U.S. Congress passed a massive economic relief bill to help with the effects of restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. It includes relief Worldwide ERC® requested in letters sent to congressional leaders.
The proposed coronavirus relief package defines the amounts to be given to taxpayers based on their adjusted gross income. This can be complicated for transferees who received moving expense payments.
The U.S. State Department is advising U.S. citizens against international travel and is only expediting the processing of passports for emergency trips, as Canada, Mexico and U.S. close their common borders to non-essential travel.
U.S. federal tax authorities extended tax filing deadlines to align with their previous extension of tax payment deadlines. State governments may or may not follow suit.
Worldwide ERC® has sent letters to congressional leaders requesting the inclusion in the latest economic stimulus package of four provisions to help Worldwide ERC® members address the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A new law was passed today mandating paid sick and family leave in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The U.S. government has postponed the tax payment deadline for both individuals and corporations. As of now, however, it has not changed the 15 April deadline for individual income tax filings.
In a 10 February 2020 release, HM Revenue and Customs said it is investigating nine companies and could open as many as 21 more investigations concerning noncompliance with U.K. requirements that companies work to prevent tax evasion facilitation.
President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and expanded travel suspensions to the U.K. and Ireland. Europe, Canada, and other nations implemented stronger containment measures.
U.S. President Trump has announced a 30-day suspension of travel by foreign nationals residing or visiting Schengen Zone countries to the U.S. due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19).
On 11 March 2020, the WHO raised the status of the coronavirus to a pandemic, but didn’t change its advice as to what countries should do about COVID-19.
For high-tech companies, Ireland represents a potential source of skilled talent. New legislation is in the works aimed at helping employers recruit from that talent pool.
Italy is the most recent to restrict travel within and across its borders to control the spread of coronavirus. Worldwide ERC® is helping members stay up to date with a page dedicated to breaking news.
The United Kingdom will use a points-based immigration system following the end of the transition period of Brexit.
A bill has been introduced in California’s State Assembly to adopt and expand on the federal limit on home mortgage interest deductions imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
Under the Common Reporting Standard that has been in effect for several years, Japan’s National Tax Agency says it received information of 1.89 million offshore accounts owned by Japanese taxpayers during 2019.
The Israeli Government is implementing widespread policies to minimize the spread and impact of the coronavirus on the country.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has updated the list of high-cost housing locations used for expatriate claiming a foreign housing cost exclusion on their U.S. income tax returns under section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The House Financial Services Committee has sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking the agency to study whether not requiring appraisals to secure mortgages for certain real estate transactions poses a risk of inaccurate home valuations for homeowners.
Governments around the world seeking to protect their talent from coronavirus have issued guidance and in some cases restrictions on employees traveling to and from China. The approach taken by the U.S. is similar to that taken by most countries, while Singapore’s approach is most restrictive.
The list of countries whose nationals face U.S. entry restrictions effective 21 February now includes Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
The U.S. and other countries have placed restrictions on entry for foreign travelers who have recently been to China and major airlines have suspended flights to China in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Several jurisdictions have passed false claims acts that permit private citizens to report tax fraud and tax avoidance. The District of Columbia may be the next to pass such a law.
Worldwide ERC® continues to work on passage of legislation to limit states’ taxation of non-resident workers.
The official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union takes place today, posing questions about the future of the transition.
As the 2020 tax filing season begins, U.S. government officials look at the 2019 filing season for lessons learned and offer advice.
This week, the United Kingdom finalized the passage of the Brexit bill, setting into motion its formal withdrawal from the European Union.
On 1 January 2020, the California Data Privacy Act took full effect. Enforcement of the Act will begin on 1 July.
California’s changes to their 593 reporting and income tax withholding requirements will affect the majority of relocation home sale transactions in that state.
The trade agreement between the U.S. and China eases the trade dispute and provides U.S. companies manufacturing and operating in China with a better idea of the future of the U.S.-China trade relationship.
Federally mandated regulations required states to pass legislation on the registration of appraisal management companies and minimum requirements for how they provide appraisal services.
Global government activities can cause disruption and create new challenges for talent mobility. Worldwide ERC®’s government affairs program is protecting industry interests.
The U.K.’s points-based immigration proposal could impact the recruitment and retention of EU talent to and from the country moving forward.
In light of the elimination of the moving expense deduction for transferees, here are some tax filing tips for transferees.
On New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2019, the U.S. IRS provided new optional standard mileage rates for use of an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes during 2020.
As a part of a giant year-end spending bill, Congress agreed to extend a number of tax provisions that had expired after 2017. The President has signed the bill.
The house passage of the USMCA trade agreement is lauded as a success by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
The Worldwide ERC® Regulatory and Compliance Forum discussed data privacy and commonsense governance principles.
At the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium, Real Estate Forum leaders updated attendees on real estate transactions in the U.S. and Canada, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and technology.
Lawmakers from states most affected by the $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have introduced legislation to reduce or suspend the limit. However, it is unlikely that such legislation will be enacted.
U.K. voters award the Conservative Party an overwhelming majority in Parliament, making Brexit a near certainty.
At the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium, Government Affairs Forum Leaders updated attendees on the implications for mobiltiy of Brexit, EU elections, and ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Worldwide ERC® continues to monitor the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on talent mobility programs and policies.
Worldwide ERC®’s Government Affairs Forums meet routinely to keep Worldwide ERC® members up-to-date on issues affecting talent mobility. The most recent in-person meetings took place in Boston at the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium.
The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa ruled that payments made by an amployer for consulting services such as tax preparation fees to expatriates are taxable fringe benefits.
Home sellers in the United Kingdom should take note of changes to capital gains tax rules coming into effect on 6 April 2020.
Gross-up calculations will be affected by newly released inflation adjustments that will affect taxpayers’ 2020 filings.
The uncertainty around Brexit continues with an EU-agreed upon delay and new elections on the horizon.
Uncertainty related to Brexit continues, despite progress on an agreement with EU leaders on the terms of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.
Canada’s recent elections extend Justin Trudeau’s tenure, but wrest away the Liberal Party’s majority in in parliament.
A new law in California has the effect of requiring employers to consider workers previously classified as independent contractors as employees.
A new wealth tax in Venezuela has implications for companies and employees operating in Venezuela.
India’s reduction of corporate tax rates are intended to attract business.
Illinois eased income tax requirements for non-resident workers in-state for fewer than 30 days.
A new payroll tax passed by Massachusetts effective 1 October 2019 will fund paid family or medical leave in 2021.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has proposed to move Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac toward privatization, but with a federal loan guaranty.
Tax cuts follow improvement in Greece’s economy and progress toward meeting goals set following its debt crisis.
Australia’s Federal Court has upheld an earlier court determination that an Australian resident who paid U.S. capital gains tax on gains in the U.S. may only claim an Australian foreign tax credit for half the U.S. tax paid.
The United States and France announced at the end of the August G-7 meeting in France that they had reached a compromise on the digital services tax recently implemented by France and strenuously objected to by the U.S.
Earlier today, the United Kingdom (U.K.) House of Lords signed off on legislation which would essentially stop the U.K. from leaving the European Union (EU) on 31 October without a deal on Brexit.
The U.S. IRS has provided statistics on tax filings through 25 July 2019, showing dramatic changes from prior years due to the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
New rules regarding the employees posted to the E.U. take effect on 30 July 2020. These revisions create new compliance concerns for employers.
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