David Livitt, Director/National Practice Leader, Business Traveler Services

GTN Atlantic
phone: +1.646.915.3301 | email: dlivitt@gtn.com

A three-part series on business travelers – dispelling the 183-day myth

If you manage the business travelers for your company, you have likely seen articles and blogs about the trends of managing business traveler risks. While these articles tend to focus on the use of technology, the need for tracking your employees, the interaction with internal departments with vested interests, and what to do with all the data that is available, they don’t really cover what you need to think about in the earlier stages:

  • How to build the business case
  • How to manage complexity
  • What will all this mean for the business

When managing your business traveler population, it is worth remembering that buried in the process, policy, and data analytics is a need to meet one of the primary requirements for having a policy in the first place: individual income tax reporting requirements.

Globally, there are a number of countries that expect the employer and/or employee to track and report business travel as a non-resident. Simply applying a “183 day” threshold is not going to work. In this three-part series, we will take a deeper look into the rules for three countries that see a lot of business traveler activity: Canada, the UK, and the US. These three countries are very clear on what inbound business travelers need to do from a statutory requirement and, in the case of Canada and the UK, also offer some assistance with reporting.

In Part One of this three-part look into business travelers, we will explore Canada and will review:

  1. Canadian Bill C-21
  2. Reporting requirements and obligations
  3. Withholding waiver options

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