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Mobility: It’s Your ‘Exotic Specialty!’

Immigration. Real estate issues. Tax and legal considerations. Family needs. Household goods shipping. Duty of care concerns. Destination services. Productivity. Data analytics. Temporary housing. Pet transportation.  

The list of essentials that mobility professionals must wrap their arms around on a given day is long and varied. It requires a solid knowledge of multiple services and professions that’s comprehensive enough to address a range of employee needs, align with the corporate budget, negotiate pricing and navigate obstacles.

It’s this range of capabilities that prompted John Pfeiffer, GMS-T, associate client partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group, to share this thought in Worldwide ERC®’s “Perfect Storm” report: The extreme expertise, the strategic vision and insight that are required, and the ability to troubleshoot rapidly in a complex environment makes the mobility profession “an exotic specialty.”

Staying ahead of the issues that employers and employees value has been a hallmark of the mobility profession. As employers think more holistically about sourcing, hiring, moving, engaging and retaining talent, they’ll need to better understand their talent, fold in more flexible and remote work possibilities, and engage in more collaborative solution-finding—based on both analytics and empathy—to build a workforce that serves current business needs.

At the same time, the pool of talent is seeking more purpose, adventure, training, career pathing, leadership opportunities and work options. As the Perfect Storm report notes:

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India Seeks Advice on Scope of New Law Taxing Digital Businesses

On 13 July 2018, India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes released a consultation seeking input on the implementation of a new addition to India’s tax law under which businesses doing digital business in India without a physical presence will nevertheless be taxable in that country.

The law in question is Explanation 2A of section 9(1)(i) of the 2018 Finance Act, which was passed earlier this year. Under that provision, “significant economic presence” will result in taxable “business presence” in India regardless of whether the taxpayer has any physical presence there. For reference, “significant Economic Presence” means:

“Any transaction in respect of any goods, services, or property carried out by a non-resident of India including provision of download or data or software in India if the aggregate of payments … during the previous year exceeds the amount as may be prescribed,” or “systematic and continuous soliciting of business activities or engaging in interaction with such number of users as may be prescribed, in India through digital means.”

The new law therefore leaves it to the tax authorities to determine revenue thresholds for both physical goods or services, and the number of users that would amount to a significant economic presence.

Related: Inclusiveness & Protectionism: A Time to Pause & Rethink for India's IT Sector

The consultation is designed to solicit input as to those items. Comments are due by 10 August 2018.

The new Indian law joins a host of other efforts in other countries to come to grips with the increase in digital businesses, in which the business has no physical presence in a country but derives substantial profits there from customers or users. For example, the EU is considering similar provisions, and so is Canada.

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Interest-Free Loan from Employer Held Taxable by Indian Court

The Income Tax Appellate Tribunalin Mumbai, India, held in a recent decision that if an employer provides aninterest-free loan to an employee, the forgone interest is a taxable perquisiteunder Indian law.

Indian law includes provisionstaxing fringe benefits (“perquisites”), but does not have an express provisionrelating to below-market interest loans.

In the case noted, the Indiantax authorities identified a loan from an employer to an employee on audit, andcontended that the employer should have withheld income tax on the value of theforegone interest. However, the auditor arbitrarily applied an interest rate of15%, contending that such a rate would be reasonable under the circumstances.

The company appealed within theIndian system, and eventually the case made its way to the Appellate Tribunal.

The Tribunal upheld theargument that the benefit of an interest-free loan is a taxable perquisite. However,it overturned the use of the 15% rate to determine the value. According to thetribunal, such an ad hoc determination is not correct. It instead applied thelower rate that is announced each 1 April by the State Bank of India forsimilar loans. 

Related: India Seeks Advice on Scope of New Law Taxing Digital Businesses

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2018 Global Workforce Symposium Lunch with Entrepreneur Josh Linkner

Five-time tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner will share his expert opinion on creativity and innovation in the global mobility space during the Global Workforce Symposium luncheon on 18 October 2018.

When this year’s Global Workforce Symposium breaks for lunch during Thursday’s events, attendees will want to stick around. NY Times bestselling author and venture capitalist Josh Linkner will be delivering an engaging speech on global mobility’s recent creativity and innovations.

Related: A Future Must-Have: Integration of Mobility, Service Provider and HR Databases

Throughout his career, Linkner has been involved in the launch and growth of over 100 companies, has been twice honored as Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and has also received President Barack Obama’s “Champion of Change” award for his accomplishments.

Having taken part in so much change and business management, Linkner is a perfect choice to share his comments on the creativity it takes to gain a competitive edge in global mobility, an industry which has undergone and adapted to much digital transformation in recent years.  

“Because our work frequently demands imaginative solutions and quick workarounds, the mobility industry is populated with innovative thinkers,” said Sue Carey, SCRP, SGMS-T, Vice President, Relocation at Baird & Warner and Worldwide ERC® Chair-Elect. “And the future promises to stretch our resourcefulness even further, so we’re excited for Josh to share with us how we can be more ‘creatively competitive!’”

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to learn from one world’s leading creative minds. Linkner’s discussion of global mobility’s creative future is set to take place 18 October 2018 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

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India’s IT Sector Rethinks Inclusiveness

The outlook for the Indian information technology (IT) sector is 'cautiously positive' in 2018 with global and U.S. economies improving, according to Indian IT body, NASSCOM.

However, India’s $154-billion information technology sector so far has been battered by a broader slowdown in technology spending, while uncertainty looms over work visa rules in the U.S., the biggest market for Indian software services firms,and growing protectionism across multiple countries across the globe.

For the longest time, the U.S. was the largest as well as the most dominant market for the $154-billion software services industry. However, the increasing changes in the visa norms, especially H-1B, have been making it more difficult for companies to employ skilled foreign nationals to fill critical skills gaps in the U.S. In fact, according to National Foundation for American Policy, the top seven Indian IT companies experienced a whopping 43 percent drop in their H-1B visa approvals between 2015 and 2017.

The stress is visible in the case of revenue contribution of the U.S. to the company’s revenues too. For instance, U.S. opportunities contributed to 56% of TCS’ revenues at the end of September 2016, which has fallen to 54.1% at the end of September 2017. In the case of Infosys, the number is down from 61.5% to 60.6% during the same period, while for Wipro, it has fallen from 54.8% to 53.6%.

What is interesting is that, according to the report by National Foundation for American Policy, the share of H-1B visas to Indian companies in FY 2017 equalled a miniscule 0.006 percent of the 160 million-strong U.S. labour force. One may question the impact and need of such protectionist measures and the timing,especially with a parallel reality also staring at the industry: the growing importance of cloud computing and artificial intelligence, which require fewer workers to be onsite, according to the same study. Indian IT companies have been working on two-pronged strategy to tackle this situation for some time.

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4 States Sue Feds Over State Local Tax Deduction Limit

The States of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York filed a joint lawsuit against the United States government on 17 July 2018, alleging that the $10,000 limitation imposed on the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is unconstitutional.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and includes as defendants the U.S. Treasury Secretary and Commissioner of Internal Revenue. 

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which are high-tax states whose taxpayers will be significantly affected by the new limit, formed a coalition in January to challenge the limit.  Maryland joined the coalition in May. 

Related: Repayments Under U.S. Payback Agreement No Longer Deductible

The states argue that the limit violates the 10th and 16th Amendments to the Constitution, and also Article 1, section 8. The complaint notes:

“[T]he new cap effectively eviscerates the SALT deduction, overturning more than 150 years of precedent by drastically curtailing the deduction’s scope. As the drafters of the Sixteenth Amendment and every subsequent Congress have understood, the SALT deduction is essential to prevent the federal taxing power from interfering with the States’ sovereign authority to make their own choices about whether and how much to invest in their own residents, businesses, infrastructure, and more-authority that is guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment and foundational principles of federalism.” 

The states also allege that Congress violated Article 1, section 8, by attempting to “coerce the states into lowering their taxes and cutting the services those taxes support.” The complaint includes an economic analysis that the states argue shows the limit will result in raising taxes on residents, decreasing home values, and making it more difficult for states to raise the revenue they need to provide essential services.

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Deadline Approaching for Appraisal Management Companies

The deadline for states to enact regulations regarding the registration of appraisal management companies (AMCs) is quickly approaching – states have until 11 August 2018 to meet the deadline.

As of now, 47 states have put into law the regulations necessary to comply. Massachusetts, New York and Wisconsin have yet to enact regulations regarding the registration and supervision of AMCs. Two of those state legislatures, New York and Wisconsin, have adjourned for the year. The District of Columbia (DC) City Council decided last year to opt out of adopting a regulation.

How This Impacts Mobility

The AMC regulations directly impact appraisal management companies, and regulators in certain states have determined the laws apply to relocation management companies as well. This creates additional regulatory requirements for companies as well as increased costs associated with the application and renewal fees for registering as an AMC.

States in Action

Since our last report, several states have acted on regulations regarding the registration of AMCs:

The Ohio Senate has passed HB 213 and, on 14 June 2018, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the legislation into law.In Alaska, members of the legislature introduced early this year legislation (SB 155) for the first time on the issue. The House and Senate were able to pass SB 155 on 1 May and 7 May, respectively, but there was an error and the text was added, in order to pass before the end of session, to an appropriations bill that was enacted on 27 June.In Massachusetts, where the state legislative meets year-round, HB 4566 has replaced the original bill (HB 577) to regulate AMCs. The last action on HB 4566 was a referral to the House Ways and Means Committee.In New York, legislation (AB 10831A) was introduced on May 22 on the regulation of AMCs which was substituted by SB 9080. The New York Assembly passed SB 9080 with the text of AB 10381A but the Senate adjourned for the year before passing the revised version of the bill.

Finally, in Wisconsin, legislation had yet to be introduced before the legislature adjourned for the year.

Background of Regulations

Section 1473 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directed federal financial institution regulatory agencies and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a joint rule establishing minimum requirements to be implemented by states regarding the registration and supervision of appraisal management companies.

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Tips on Hiring Gig or Independent Workers

Thisarticle originally appeared in the July 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.

Employers must still comply withimmigration and antidiscrimination laws.

For workers who seek moreautonomy, more flexibility, or a second income, the idea of a freelance job, or“gig,” may sound like a good option. For employers who can’t provide full-timeemployment and benefits or who need temporary additional services, hiringfreelance and gig workers may also sound like a good option. But U.S. employersmust still remember to comply with immigration and antidiscrimination laws whendealing with such workers, otherwise known as independent contractors. 

Here are some frequently askedquestions and tips for immigration compliance when dealing with an independentcontractor workforce, especially in light of even more scrutiny under the BuyAmerican and Hire American (BAHA) executive order.

What is a gig worker? 

According to a May2016 article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no officialdefinition of a gig worker, but generally the term refers to an independentcontractor who is hired temporarily for a single project or task.

Gig workers are more common incertain industries, such as in media and communications, where interpreters andtranslators may be hired to help expatriated employees learn a new language andassimilate into their new country. Gig workers are also popular in the computerand information technology industry, in which someone might be hired for aone-time service, such as to manage a database project, build a website, ordevelop software.

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Innovation Top of Mind for India’s Business Community

Ask employeesworking for Indian firms what skills will be in most demand this year and theiroverwhelming response: Innovation. That’s according to Mercer’s 2018 Global Talent TrendsStudy. Those employees say that working with the best and brightest iswhat helps them thrive, more so than any other factor, even compensation.

Aquick glance at this year’s Forbes Most Innovative Companies list confirms whatmany global business leaders already know: Indian businesses indeed are placinga high value on innovation, and it is paying off in sales and valuation.

Twoof this year’s top 10 most innovative companies worldwide, as ranked by Forbes, areIndian firms, and a third is quickly making its way up the list. Hindustan Unilever and Asian Paints now rank seventh and eighth,respectively, up from 31st and 18th last year. And Bharti Airtel has joined at number 78 on the listof 100 most innovative businesses worldwide.

What’s driving India’s attention to innovation? Philippa Dods withMeltwater’s India team recently summed it up:

“Thereality is that India’s economy has been painting an increasingly positivepicture over the last couple of years. Everyone really sat up straight andlistened properly when the figures reflected it – the national GDP of Indiashowed an incredible growth rate of 7.5% in 2015, which earned it the title ofthe world’s fastest-growing economy. A major cause of the economic growth ofany country is its industrial development, and India is no exception. Over thelast few years, the nation has produced a number of start-ups and enterprisesthat are adopting innovative techniques, strategies and technologies tosucceed.”

That quest for innovative and agile teams may be put to the testthis year, however, as virtually every Indian business surveyed by Mercer is planning organizational redesign in the near term. Even so, Indian HRmanagers say they are confident in their ability to reskill current employeesfor new roles.

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U.S. CFPB Concludes RESPA Investigation of Zillow Co-Marketing

The U.S. Consumer FinancialProtection Bureau (CFPB) has concluded its investigation of Zillow for possibleReal Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) violations and will not takeenforcement action against the online real estate database company.

The Zillow Group made theannouncement about the resolution on 25 June 2018 in a Form8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On 22 June 2018,the CFPB sent a letter to Zillow notifying the company of its decision.

In February 2017, the CFPBOffice of Enforcement had notified Zillow through a Notice and Opportunity toRespond and Advise (NORA) letter that the Office was considering whether torecommend the Bureau take legal action against the company. The Office allegedthat Zillow had possibly violated Section 8 of RESPA and Section 1036 of theConsumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

The Bureau looked into whetherthe co-marketing practice of Zillow allowing lenders to pay for portions of theadvertising costs of certain real estate agents in exchange for having their informationon the same webpage violated sections of RESPA and the CFPA. The CFPB initiallyraised whether this arrangement amounted to compensation for the referral ofbusiness and thus a violation of RESPA. In the end, the Bureau determined tonot seek any additional information from Zillow and to conclude its inquirywith no legal action.

Related: New York Judge Revives U.S. CFPB Constitutionality Question

A decision by the CFPB to moveforward with an enforcement action would have had immediate implications,pending an appeal by Zillow, for members of Worldwide ERC® involved with themarketing of real estate services. However, the precedent set by the inactionhas a much larger implication on the mobility community as to other situationsinvolving a transferee, and marketing service situations now not automaticallybeing viewed as a potential violation of RESPA.

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Worldwide ERC® Welcomes Michael Johnson as VP, Commercial Development

Worldwide ERC® is proud to announce that Michael Johnson has joined its senior management team as VP, Commercial Development.

Michael holds responsibility for Worldwide ERC®'s business relationships with essential decision-makers; key account management; market research; sales forecasting; entering new markets and achieving growth targets; and representing the organization's brand across worldwide touchpoints.

His expertise in these areas was cultivated and focused over more than 20 years of global commercial and operational management in diversified organizations, both corporate and private sector, within the mobility industry and outside it.

Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T shared:

"Michael's talent in developing business intelligence, relationships and sales strategies; his deep understanding of mobility; and his global leadership roles in Asia, Europe and the United States dovetail perfectly with our future-forward plans and digital transformation. With a work history shaped by a range of industries and business centers around the world, he is uniquely qualified to support our commitment to our global initiatives and our global colleagues—and brings a fresh perspective and thought leadership to our senior team."

Michael was most recently Regional Head of Asia-Pacific for London-headquartered Craster Ltd. based in Singapore, where he grew the APAC distributor network in 14 key markets, negotiated vendor agreements, coordinated all regional budgets and significantly expanded its revenues.

Prior positions included serving as Regional Vice-President - APAC for Graebel Relocation in Singapore, where he managed APAC commercial operations, partnerships and alliances; General Manager of the Baan Yuree Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand; General Manager, Grass Roots Asia-Pacific in Singapore; key strategy, sales, marketing and commercial performance roles with DHL Express in London, UK; Florida, USA; and Brussels, Belgium; and Sales and Marketing Director for Domino Printing Services in Beijing, China.

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Corporations and Business Traveler Well-Being

Thisarticle originally appeared in the July 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.

It is no secret or surprise why good business travel experiences areimportant to the traveler, but why do they matter for the company?
 

Business travel can have aconsiderable impact on employee satisfaction and retention. According to Global BusinessTravel Association (GBTA) research, more than three-quarters (79 percent)of business travelers say their business travel experience impacts theiroverall job satisfaction at least somewhat.

Business travel not onlyinfluences how employees feel about their current company, but it can alsoinfluence whether they take a job in the first place. Nearly three in five (59percent) indicate a company’s travel policy is an important factor when consideringa potential employer. Additionally, 84 percent say the quality of theirbusiness travel experience impacts their business results in some way.

Another GBTA surveyindicates that traveler well-​being and policy compliance do not have to comeat each other’s expense.

Of the North American travelmanagers surveyed who report greater than 90 percent compliance with airbookings, 93 percent say a majority of their travelers are satisfied with theirtravel program.

High levels of satisfactionwith hotel programs more than 70 percent compliant were also reported. Thissuggests that traveler well-being and satisfaction efforts may not underminecompliance—and, in fact, may even improve it.

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High Tech Onboarding: It’s About Relationships

It’s easy to understand why many companies look to student internships to keep their future talent pipelines flowing. Well planned and managed programs give employers relatively low-risk opportunities to assess an individual’s on-the-job performance, judgement and skills. Students gain practical, hands-on training, potentially in several different business units or roles. And both groups get to test drive whether the relationship is a good cultural fit.

A crucial component of a successful intern program is getting things off to a good start. One of the key goals of any type of onboarding process is to get participants fully up to speed and productive quickly. A swift process is even more important for interns, whose time with the organization is typically compressed.

To be truly effective in their role, they need to understand the culture of the organization, the team members they’ll be working with and what the immediate and bigger-picture goals are. Where do they start?

Efficient Onboarding

The good news is that digital tools from companies like human capital management platform Appical, and HR software from such firms as Zenefits, BambooHR, HRCloud and ClearCompany have made onboarding and other processes highly automated, mobile-friendly and streamlined with other company systems. Long gone are the days of wasted time completing stacks of paperwork and leafing through employee handbooks.

Newcomers can now access key information, complete and submit forms, see photos and profiles of company leaders, take a virtual tour, and even get a sense of what to wear or how to navigate some of the internal company jargon online before they start, hitting the ground running on day one.  

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U.S. Law May Trigger Mexico-Controlled Foreign Corporation Tax

The reduced corporate tax rate under the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may inadvertently cause some U.S. companies with Mexican ownership to be treated as controlled foreign corporations under Mexico’s tax law.

The Mexican tax law includes, as do many foreign tax systems, a low-tax rule aimed at offshore preferential tax regimes, which are called “Regimen Fiscal Preferente.” The law defines them as jurisdictions with an effective tax rate lower than 75% of the Mexican rate.

Under the TCJA, the U.S. corporate tax rate was reduced from 35% to 21%. The Mexican corporate tax rate is 30%, 75% of which would be 22.5%. This has caused some to ask whether some U.S. companies owned by Mexican entities could be classified as controlled foreign corporations under Mexico’s tax law. This would lead to additional tax liability for the owner(s).

However, a simple comparison of statutory rates probably is not the correct measure. Rather, it is likely that an analysis of the actual effective tax rate being paid by the U.S. entity would be necessary, and possibly including both U.S. and state taxes. Consequently, although the U.S. statutory rate is now low enough to trigger questions about the status of Mexican-owned U.S. companies, those questions may not have simple answers.

Consequently, Mexican companies with control of U.S. corporations may face questions as to the tax status of those companies, and possibly additional tax liability.

Related: Denmark Overhauls Maligned Tax Administration

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California Adopts New Consumer Data Privacy Law

On 28 June 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375).

California is the first state to adopt comprehensive rules on the rights of consumers regarding control of their personal information. The new rules take effect on 1 January 2020.

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides consumers in California with five general rights pertaining to the privacy of their personal information. Starting in 2020, Californians will have the ability to:

Determine the information of theirs which is being collectedFind out their specific information which is being sold or revealed to third partiesPrevent the sale of their informationObtain access to their information being heldInvoke control of their information without being penalized in the price or level of service by that particular business

The California Attorney General is directed to seek public input in developing the regulations implementing the rights.

How This Impacts Mobility

While there are expected to be changes to the new law before it takes effect, as written it will have an impact on the mobility industry for companies that meet one of the thresholds and collect or control the personal information of California transferees or provide that information to suppliers or third parties who use the data.

The Act applies to any for-profit business that collects consumer information and meets at least one of three criteria. It applies to companies that process information and have an annual revenue of more than $25,000,000, handle the information of 50,000 or more consumers or make 50% or more of their income from selling consumer personal information. The new law does not apply to activity of a business if it is conducted solely outside of California and if the information was not obtained while the consumer resided in California.

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Denmark Overhauls Maligned Tax Administration

Jul 11 2018

Published in: Public Policy

| Updated Apr 27 2023

A complete restructuring of the Danish tax administration went into effect 1 July 2018.

Provoked by a 2015 scandal involving some DKK 12.3 billion in fraudulent refund claims for dividend withholding, the government fired the director general of its tax administration in 2016 and embarked upon a complete overhaul of its tax administration system.  

Under the new plan, the old tax administration has been eliminated, and replaced by seven separate agencies each responsible for a different aspect of tax administration.

The seven new agencies are responsible for:

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Worldwide ERC 119 New Certified Relocation Professionals in 2018

Please welcome the 119 newest members to earn our Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®) designation!

Approximately 70% of the 169 candidates who took the exam this year earned a passing score of 500 or higher, on a scale from 200 to 800 points. The exam was offered between 16 May and 1 June via an internet-based testing (IBT) format, and candidates participated at test centers in 34 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. You can view the 2018 CRP® recipients by last name or by company name.

The CRP® exam tests candidates’ command of corporate mobility policies and programs, real estate, tax considerations, transferee counseling, and other services – exam content is developed under the guidance and expertise of a Worldwide ERC® CRP® Certification Review Board.

2017-2018 CRP® Certification Review Board Chairwoman Stefanie Schreck, SCRP, SGMS, noted:

“The Certified Relocation Professional® designation is widely credited with raising the bar in our industry, helping to build a consistent, uniform understanding of the many and intricate practices that employee mobility entails. Those who earn and maintain this prestigious credential demonstrate not only a mastery of skills, but a commitment to ongoing professional development and education, for the betterment of the industry and the employees and families we serve.  We proudly welcome the newest CRPs® into our growing community.”

The CRP® program was introduced in 1990 to formally recognize individuals who demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of U.S. employee relocation. More than 11,000 individuals have earned the credential since its inception.

Related: Mobility’s Own ‘Sharing’ Economy: Worldwide ERC® Recognizes Award Recipients

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U.S. Passport Revocation May Affect 360,000+ Taxpayers

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed press reports that more than 362,000 U.S. citizens could lose their passports due to delinquent tax debt exceeding $51,000.

Included in the 2015 highway bill, signed into law by the President on 4 December 2015, is a revenue-raising provision that requires the IRS to work with the State Department to revoke or deny the passport of any taxpayer with “seriously delinquent tax debt.”

A seriously delinquent tax debt is defined as a tax liability that has been assessed (as opposed to merely asserted) of an amount greater than $50,000, and for which the taxpayer has exhausted all administrative appeal rights. That amount includes penalties and interest in addition to the taxes. The statutory $50,000 amount is adjusted annually for inflation, and is $51,000 in 2018. 

IRS and the State Department began implementing the law 1 January 2018. Notice 2018-1, provides detailed information about the provision and its implementation. Generally, when notified of a qualifying delinquent debt, the State Department will give the taxpayer 90 days to resolve the issue, typically by arranging for payment of the debt. 

The $51,000 amount might seem high enough that few taxpayers would be affected, but according to statistics published in the Wall Street Journal and confirmed 5 July 2018, by IRS, there are more than 362,000 citizens with assessed debt of that amount or greater and who have exhausted administrative remedies. Many of those taxpayers reside abroad, and will be seriously affected by the potential loss of a passport.

The problem is exacerbated by the limited remedies afforded by the statute and IRS interpretation of it. If a passport is denied, the taxpayer’s sole remedy is to litigate the issue.

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India’s Dispersed Workers: Good Talent Pool for Mobility

The recent headlines focused on migration into the U.S. from its southern borders might lead one to believe that Central America and Mexico top the world in outbound migration.

But the reality is that India ranks at the top of the world’s nations for number of migrants living abroad.

A recent International Migration Report by the UN notes that more than 16.6 million people from India currently are living overseas, a number that has more than doubled since 2000. In contrast, Mexico accounted for 13 million migrants, the second highest number.

With an estimated 258 million people worldwide living outside their country of birth, India diaspora represent 15 percent of the world’s migrant population. So where is the influx of Indian-born residents now living? Primarily in the Gulf region, where nearly 9 million Indians now at least temporarily call home, according to the researchers. “Since the 1970s, the oil-rich Gulf countries have been a major destination for a vast number of temporary labour migrants from South Asia,” and most notably from India and Pakistan, notes the IOM 2018 World Migration Report. The U.S. is the next most popular destination for India’s expats, with 2.3 million Indian migrants, the IOM notes.

Related: In Recent Decision, India Will No Longer Tax Nonresidents

What’s driving the interest among India’s native-born to live abroad? One factor is a better outlook for jobs, particularly for the educated workforce of doctors, engineers and scientists. India’s world-leading information technology providers have no shortage of demand for globally-dispersed IT talent to staff operations across Europe and the US. And doctors and scientists can tap into global demand for their skills, rather than compete for jobs in a tighter market among India’s rapidly growing population.  

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HR Databases, Mobility Service Providers Must Integrate

It’s a fact: Data-driven decisions are better and quicker. But even as data analytics revolutionizes business and business places, the HR arena has been slow to embrace this essential initiative.

Human capital guru Josh Bersin, principal/founder of Bersin at Deloitte, explains that the most significant reason for the heel-dragging is because most HR systems are “a bit of a mess,” with multiple systems of record.There is greater focus coming to this area, though as Bersin observes:

“…we now see a very mature and robust vendor market in this area. Every major HR platform provider now has a Big Data cloud service, a set of embedded analytics dashboards, and many advanced reports to help predict attrition, identify bias, and segment the workforce.”

As people analytics grows more deeply ingrained in corporate cultures, mobility professionals increasingly will engage in analytical activities designed to demonstrate how talent mobility can support the organization’s talent management objectives.

In Worldwide ERC’s most recent report, The Perfect Storm:Mobility Leaders Decode the Future, Associate Client Partner John Pfeiffer GMS-T of Korn Ferry Hay Group suggests that more impactful predictive analytics will occur when “mobility is treated as part of the employee experience and piggybacks on the metadata sets that are being collected today in other areas of HR.”

Managing Partner Sean Collins of Talent Mobility Search agrees:

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