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Trying to determine compliance priorities for your business traveler (EBT) tracking issues? The Blackspark Blog is chock full of the information you need to stay ahead.

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! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Travel Trackers for Enterprise – Compare Solutions

There are a growing number of travel trackers for enterprise. Reasons to track the travel of your employees include duty of care, payroll compliance, executive compensation and immigration. However, the best travel tracker for the job may be a difficult question to answer, as each method has its advantages and [...]

Traveler Tracking Using Concur

In the modern global business environment, there are many reasons why traveler tracking has become an essential process. For medium and large-sized companies, the growing list of compliance and duty of care obligations is too costly to ignore. That said, implementing an effective traveler tracking system can be daunting due [...]

How real-life companies address non-resident payroll withholding.

The financial risk of business traveler tax, payroll and immigration non-compliance is a well-documented issue that organizations have been advised about for years. Unfortunately, the topic is changing from potential issue to real problem. Organizations being hit with penalties for non-compliance and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form [...]

Payroll compliance can really hurt!

Understand your payroll compliance risk by asking a few simple questions In a recent presentation by Ernst & Young to Concur customers, a list of assessments by U.S. state tax authorities for payroll compliance in respect of their mobile workforces was reported. One unlucky company, a financial institution, was hit [...]

Slaying a U.S. Payroll Beast (PART 2)

Welcome, back! In PART 1, we learned all about the beast known as payroll compliance for business travelers - where he came from, how big he is, etc.  Now it’s time to show him who’s boss! Our Mission: To execute multi-jurisdictional payroll withholding across states comprised of the employee’s home [...]

Slaying a U.S. Payroll Beast (PART 1)

The number of payroll compliance requirements that a U.S. company faces is literally staggering. For folks on the payroll front lines, this is a reality known - and expected not to change. As a result, these generals and soldiers are constantly monitoring, innovating and triaging to drive efficiencies while protecting [...]

Multi-State Taxation is a headache in need of relief.

In 2010, The New York Times published an article about multi-state taxation and highlighted the following: “Anyone who crosses a state border for work - to make a sales call, say, or to meet with a client or do a road show on Wall Street - probably owes income taxes [...]

Blog was last modified: May 3rd, 2017 by admin