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Key Considerations for Tax and Social Security Compliance

March 28, 2024 | xpath.global

Today, international employee assignments have become increasingly common. However, ensuring compliance with tax, social security, and employment regulations during these assignments is crucial for both employees and employers.

Andreea Gheorghe, the Managing Partner at Nestlers Group, delivered a compelling presentation on “Key Considerations for Tax, Social Security, and EOR Compliance During International Employee Assignments from India” at the Talent Mobility Summit on March 15th, 2024. The summit, hosted by xpath.global, brought together Global Human Resource professionals from Bengaluru and a wider online audience across India at the prestigious Shangri-La Bengaluru.

Cultural Sensitivity and Legal Compliance

It emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and legal compliance when sending employees on international assignments. Understanding and respecting cultural norms and practices, as well as adhering to labor laws, tax regulations, and immigration policies, are essential for the success of the assignment. Failure to comply with these laws can lead to severe consequences, including financial penalties, legal ramifications, and reputational damage to the organization.

The responsibilities of HR professionals extend beyond the duration of the international assignment. They play a crucial role in providing employees with the necessary guidance, resources, and support to navigate the complexities of international assignments while staying compliant. This support is vital in the pre-assignment, during the assignment, and post-assignment phases.

Tax Rules and Social Security Compliance

When it comes to tax rules, the Talent Mobility Summit highlights that tax liabilities are assessed using home country tax rules, host country tax rules, and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) between the two countries involved. Understanding employee and company tax liabilities is essential for compliance during international assignments within the EU.

During the event, it points out that rules for non-EU individuals vary depending on the specific EU country they are being sent to. Each EU member state has its own regulations and requirements, and many countries have social security systems that require contributions to various social insurance funds. It’s crucial to be aware of social security agreements between India and the host country to ensure compliance with mandatory contributions.


In conclusion, compliance during international employee assignments is a multifaceted endeavor that requires careful attention to tax, social security, and employment regulations. By understanding and respecting cultural differences, adhering to legal requirements, and providing ongoing support to employees, organizations can ensure the success of international assignments while mitigating potential risks. Watch the full presentation here on xpath.global

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