Paying remote employees is much more complicated than paying workers in an office building. Many geographic complications come into play, as well as compliance and tax issues — particularly if your employees live in states or countries other than your own. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when paying your remote employees:
1. Where Do You Withhold Taxes?
One possible consequence of employing a remote team is the spread of workers across the country. If employees live outside your state, paying state taxes can become complicated. Essentially, you must follow the “physical presence” rule, which explains that an employee must pay taxes to the state in which he or she performs the work. However, this rule will not apply for every state, and some remote employees are required to pay state taxes in both their own states and the state in which the company is located.
2. Know Each Worker’s Classification
Not every individual on your team will be classified as an employee. Some may be known as independent contractors, consultants, sole proprietors, etc. It is important that you understand and recognize the difference between each, as this can affect your payroll — mostly in terms of withholding and paying taxes. For employees, you are required to withhold and pay payroll taxes. However, for contractors, you are not. To accurately determine the classification of your workers, check the IRS 20-factor analysis.
3. Carefully Consider International Employees
Geography can become complicated when you try to pay international employees. Not only must you consider exchange rates, but you also must determine a safe and secure payment method. Some financial institutions or online banking services charge large fees for international payments. Thus, paying international employees can cost significantly more.
You should also keep in mind that having an employee that is located in a different country could create additional requirements for your business, such as having to register in that company, which can create a huge amount of complexity. Be sure to do your research beforehand. Lastly, you should be sure international employees understand the exchange rates. Your U.S. dollars may convert to very little in their currencies.
4. Consider Bringing in the Experts
To remain compliant and to ensure all payments are secure and correct, it may be wise to consult financial experts who specialize in paying remote employees. Small mistakes, particularly when it comes to paying taxes, can put you in a costly, messy situation. Professionals can answer all your questions right away and ensure that all employees are paid accurately and that there are no tax issues, particularly with employees who live in various states across America.
Paying remote employees requires much more effort, consideration, and work than paying those in an office building. By keeping the above tips in mind, you will likely encounter fewer problems, remain compliant, and experience less stress.
Author: Alisiana Peters
Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.