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Immigration and employment tax compliance matter to your business

Running a business means making a lot of decisions, working long hours and being responsible for the well-being of your company and everyone who works there. When mistakes or oversights happen, you may find yourself financially or legally accountable. Your company doesn't need to tie up thousands of dollars to defend a hiring decision or work its way through a difficult audit of financial records.

Taking steps to ensure compliance with all relevant immigration and tax laws can protect you, your business and your international staff from future issues. It's important to realize that each visa program has different requirements, and each nation also has its own policies about taxing their workers while they pursue a career here in the United States. Professional guidance and careful research can limit the liability involved in these situations.

Issues with international workers can hurt your company

Most people understand that some businesses need to work with skilled international employees, temporary or seasonal workers, or other immigrants. However, you could do a lot of damage to your company's brand and reputation if you end up in legal trouble related to immigration or international hiring. If people believe you intentionally violated the law, it could cost you customers or contracts.

In order to protect your business, when you hire international staff, you need to ensure that you comply with all local, state and federal laws. These include following the proper channels for international hiring and immigration of your new hires. Keep detailed records about all requirements, including renewals and other updates, to ensure you remain in compliance at all time.

International income tax becomes complicated quickly

Withholding taxes for your employees is important for both your company and your workers. Your business owes taxes on labor, and your staff owe taxes on their income. Properly withholding for all applicable taxes helps your business and your employees stay compliant. Thankfully, the domestic withholding schedule is relatively straightforward for international workers. Careful accounting and withholding make tax time more predictable for everyone involved.

However, when you employ foreign nationals and immigrants on work visas, the tax obligations for your company and the workers involved can quickly become complicated and convoluted. Ensuring compliant withholding isn't always easy, and professional help can make the process simpler. You want to protect yourself and your international workers from incurring any kind of tax liability or risking an audit.

Proper steps to ensure legal compliance are necessary when you hire employees who are not citizens of the United States. Do your best to inform yourself of your legal obligations, and be careful to ensure that you follow immigration, work visa and tax law as it applies to your situation.

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