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Addressing the people and tax implications of working remotely
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically accelerated the shift to remote work arrangements. As you and your organization look to define your “next normal,” we are here to help. Deloitte’s experienced tax and human capital professionals and innovative technology solutions can support you. Together, we can align your strategy, policy, and operations to address the potential talent and tax implications of working remotely.
Seamlessly transform how your employees work
Demand for remote work has been rising for years. But the global pandemic turned it from request to requirement almost overnight—and companies stepped up. Seventy-nine percent of respondents to a Deloitte survey1 reported that at least 75% of their workforce has been able to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. And 69% said their company’s ability to manage and support a remote workforce was good or excellent.
Your company’s workers are likely to have questions about going back into the office postpandemic. It may be time to stop thinking about “remote work,” “work from home,” and “telecommuting” as special categories. These ways of working may continue to be part of the norm. You need the right policies and infrastructure in place today to support them to take advantage of the benefits they present.
Taking on the potential talent and tax implications of remote work
Deloitte can help your organization evaluate and establish temporary and future remote work programs. We can help analyze your current remote workforce approaches—including those implemented rapidly in response to COVID-19. We can also help your organization develop and execute a future-forward remote work strategy that aligns with business objectives: Employees may benefit from increasing their well-being, job satisfaction, and work-life balance, and the business benefits from lowering overhead costs and becoming more attractive to top talent. We do this through the three major components of our remote work approach:
Chart a long-term remote work plan that most effectively helps your workers thrive. Every company’s strategy is custom-built based on their industry, global footprint, talent needs, and company culture. Key questions include:
Enable your strategy by establishing a policy or guidelines. Your remote work policy or guidelines address eligibility requirements, benefits and entitlements, compliance practices, expense management, and other related issues. It will help address considerations such as:
Bring your strategy and policy to life. Your remote work operational plan addresses how you will implement this change in your organization, as well as how you will provide ongoing administration of your remote work strategy and policy. Key questions for operating a remote work program long-term include:
The intersection of talent and technology
Human insights, combined with cutting-edge technologies, can help you achieve the potential benefits of incorporating remote work arrangements into your organization. The process starts by identifying where your people are today, including allowing workers to preclear their desired work arrangement. Our proprietary, custom-built technology uses key employee and employer information to analyze remote work requests from various risk and cost analysis perspectives, enabling you to make informed decisions and determine if they fit the remote work plan your organization has developed.
The Deloitte difference
The way work is being done is rapidly changing. Over Deloitte’s 175-year history, we’ve helped our clients navigate ground-shifting changes.
Mobility is a capability.
We’re not new to the changing world of work. Deloitte’s Global Employer Services have long helped clients address the tax implications of remote work and navigate periods of disruption and uncertainty.
From “doing digital” to “being digital.”
During our three-year Tax in 2020 initiative, we doubled our investment in digital transformation. We focused our efforts on technology innovation to develop leading edge digital capabilities and cloud-based solutions. We also prioritized an integrated global platform that automates many of the cumbersome aspects of tax compliance.
Putting all of Deloitte to work for you.
Remote work is so much more than tax. Our tax and human capital specialists team together to deliver relevant research, analytics, and insights.
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Additional information and resources
- Working: Unleashed – Enable remote working with technology (PDF)
- Working: Unleashed – Harness the power of remote work (PDF)
- Remote workforce expenses (PDF)
- Remote working and incentives: 2021 Share vestings and grants – are you prepared? (PDF)
- Impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on return to the workplace (PDF)
- Identifying your remote workforce: Managing risks to the business (PDF)
- Remote working strategy lab: Moving jobs to people (PDF)
- Preparing your workforce strategy for a post-COVID world