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Global Mobility Services

Benefit from the vast array of GMS services

Global Mobility Services

Benefit from the vast array of GMS services

KPMG’s GMS practice brings together a wealth of tax, technology, immigration and mobile administration services to help make managing your global workforce easier, safer and far more efficient.

Services to help you help them

Tax compliance

Our GMS practice provides personalized service for each expatriate. This includes completing pre- and post-travel tax briefings, tax returns, and tailored consulting.

Among the specific benefits we offer are:

  • reviewing current program to uncover potential savings, including use of data analysis to facilitate fact-based policy changes and communications
  • providing tax structuring support related to global mobility policies.
  • helping implement new ideas and methodologies leveraging technology to identify areas for efficiency and improvement within the global mobility organization
  • supporting the business case for change
  • communicating global mobility’s value to the organization.

A GMS client was expanding into a number of jurisdictions across Europe and Asia Pacific. The KPMG member firm assisted the client in developing their global mobility policies by identifying the key benefits commonly offered in each jurisdiction and structuring the provision of those benefits in the most cost effective manner. This enabled the company to ensure its policies were both competitive and cost effective.

Mobility Consulting Services

Our GMS practice offers a broad array of strategic (advisory) and administrative (outsourcing) services to help improve business processes, including:

  • policy review, design, and development
  • international assignment process improvement and reengineering
  • process manuals and guides
  • international assignee assessment and repatriation planning 
  • assignee communications
  • tailored benchmarking surveys
  • employee attitude surveys.

 

Due Diligence Advisory

When your company needs to evaluate tax compliance, our Due Diligence Advisory team can provide a variety of services, from assisting with evaluating permanent establishment issues to helping to evaluate potential unrecorded liabilities associated with globally mobile employees.

Companies often ignore the tax aspects of transactions such as an acquisition, a merger, movement into a new country or a joint venture. If a significant amount of your business is from offshore operations where employees are on the ground, cross-border employees can have hidden or unexpected financial consequences. Our network of Advisory professionals can help you to evaluate these types of transactions.

 

Global Incentive Compensation services

KPMG offers enterprise-wide Global Incentive Compensation Services to client practices. These services are supported by KPMG’s Global Equity Tracker technology that is designed to help organizations meet the challenges associated with global incentive compensation program design, implementation, administration, tax effectiveness and compliance. Here are some of the areas in which we can help:

  • plan design
  • tax and legal feasibility and due diligence
  • tax and regulatory filings
  • PMO support for incentive program rollout and implementation
  • stakeholder communication strategy and training
  • program participant communication and education
  • corporate tax structuring and tax minimization strategies
  • accounting guidance
  • M&A-related structuring and post merger integration support
  • operational effectiveness and process improvement
  • data & analytics to drive program effectiveness, risk mitigation and cost savings.

 

International Social Security Advisory

Plan for social security tax, which can sometimes be higher than the income tax associated with employees. It is important to understand the rules and how they impact the cost of international assignments so you can control organizational costs. For example, effectively using Totalization Agreements and other exemptions can help lower the social tax cost where only one country’s tax system is being funded.

Using in-depth analytics, KPMG evaluated several years’ worth of share-based compensation data. This helped identify potential corporate tax savings opportunities related to the company’s global incentive program. As a result, we found more than $100 million of potential corporate income tax savings and taxfree cash repatriation for the parent company and its global subsidiary companies. Interactive data visualization and predictive analysis also provided instant insights to potential policy changes and assumptions to identify future potential savings and the operational requirements for their implementation.

International Social Security Advisory

Plan for social security tax, which can sometimes be higher than the income tax associated with employees. It is important to understand the rules and how they impact the cost of international assignments so you can control organizational costs. For example, effectively using Totalization Agreements and other exemptions can help lower the social tax cost where only one country’s tax system is being funded.

 

Employment Tax Services

Our Employment Tax professionals can help companies identify payroll and employment tax issues early and help resolve them before they escalate into significant tax problems. This includes assistance in identifying, quantifying and recovering payroll tax overpayments, complying with employment tax requirements during restructuring or related M&A transactions, and securing the abatement of penalties for payroll-related assessments. Our professionals can provide day-to-day assistance on various types of payroll and payroll-related issues.

 

Global Immigration Services

Managing a global workforce means observing different, complex and fast changing immigration laws worldwide. Increasing enforcement of the laws by the immigration authorities and severe penalties in cases of non-compliance means companies need to be more diligent than ever about managing their global workforce.

KPMG’s network of member firms offer the broad range of immigration services required to deal with such challenges. With a global network of immigration specialists in more than 100 countries, our teams can help you get necessary visas, work and residences permits, determine applicable visa categories and advise on immigration topics and processes.