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Death to Reg 102 Waivers

Reg 102 waivers are a nuisance. Their days are numbered. If you work in HR, payroll, global mobility or corporate tax and have employees who travel to Canada, you know that Canada has rules in place for employers that could be defined as nothing less than cruel and unusual punishment! [...]

By |May 2nd, 2017|Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker, Withholding Tax|0 Comments

Withholding Tax – Canada Requires Employee Tracking

Recently Canada Revenue Agency issued Form RC473, Application for Non-Resident Employer Certification - and with it defined a path for U.S. employers whose employees travel to Canada to significantly reduce the associated payroll compliance effort. Not applying for certification in the program means the current, painful, frequently audited and [...]

By |May 1st, 2017|News, Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker, Withholding Tax|0 Comments

7 Reasons Why Canada Is Being Called “Silicon Valley North”

Big things are happening in the Canadian technology scene and the country is garnering attention at an increasing rate. More and more, we are hearing Canada being referred to as “Silicon Valley North” and being featured as a hotbed of tech startup activity. Based in Toronto, Blackspark is a Canadian [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Quick Q&A: What is Nonresident State Employer Withholding?

Q. What is Nonresident State Employer Withholding? Employers that have nexus (tax connection) in multiple U.S. states for payroll purposes have an obligation to withhold state tax as required in those states. Typically withholding is carried out by payroll for employees living (and working) in those states. However, these state [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker, Withholding Tax|0 Comments

Hear from Blackspark Customers at Concur Fusion

Those of you attending Concur Fusion 2016 will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from two Blackspark customers. Make sure to add the following sessions to your conference agenda: CON2 - Give Me a (Tax) Break Featuring Lindsay Kelleher from Vanguard Wednesday March 9, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM [...]

By |February 26th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Quick Q&A: CRA Non-Resident Employer Certification program

Q. What is the CRA Non-Resident Employer Certification program? Prior to the CRA Non-Resident Employer Certification program, foreign employers would trigger Canadian payroll reporting obligations from day one of their employee business travel in Canada. These employer obligations would be in effect, even if the compensation earned by those employees [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker, Withholding Tax|0 Comments

Traveler Tracking FAQ

A few of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers, regarding traveler tracking for corporate compliance: How do you track travelers? Our traveler tracking services leverage proprietary technology to process your company’s existing travel data. We are able to assess your organization’s historic travel data (for whatever time period [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker|0 Comments

Quick Q&A: What is Nonresident Withholding?

Q. What is Nonresident Withholding? As an employer, if you have employees that work outside of their home state or country, you have an obligation to remit income tax withholding and report wages for the various locations in which they visit and conduct business. Each country and state has its own nonresident [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|Payroll Compliance, Travel Tracker, Withholding Tax|0 Comments

Quick Q&A: What is Concur?

Q. What is Concur? Concur is an industry leading business travel and expense management solution. Companies around the world use Concur to automate expense reporting, gain visibility into financial spend and enable their employees to book business travel trips efficiently. Q. Why should I care? If you are tracking your [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Travel Tracker|0 Comments

Quick Q&A: What is duty of care?

Q. What is duty of care? A. In terms of business traveler tracking for corporate compliance, duty of care is the responsibility of an employer to ensure the safety of its employees when they travel for work. This may be a moral obligation, a legal obligation, or both, depending on [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Travel Tracker|0 Comments