Editor's Choice of Best 2016 Blog Posts
By John Bostwick, Managing Editor, Radius
After two years of writing and/or editing roughly 200 blog posts for Radius, you’d think I’d have something new and insightful to say about the process but I don’t. Writing and editing aren’t hard work in the sense that digging ditches is hard work, but then again I’ve never met anyone who relished the prospect of meeting writing deadlines. The process remains an unglamorous one requiring long bouts of concentration.
All of which is a way of thanking the Radius experts who have spent their time writing, reviewing and revising the more than 100 posts we published in 2016. I’m pleased with and have learned from all the posts. Here are the ten I regard as the year’s best, presented in no particular order. (Click on a post's title to read it.)
By Katie Davies, VP International Solution Development
I first heard about shadow payrolls years ago while working in the central finance office at Harvard University, and I was intrigued (not a common emotion when working in a finance office). I wish I’d had Katie’s post then to clue me in on what they are and how they relate to other processes like tax equalization. We liked this post so much we created a short video based on it. (That’s me on the voiceover, by the way. Contact my agent directly for rates and availability.)
By Kathryn Polak, Director, Advisory Services
When Kathy and I discussed the idea for this post, she told me the subject was really fit for a book, and due to the topic’s complexity it did prove challenging. She scrapped a first draft entirely to ensure the final article was useful and easily understood. I’d explain what legal entity rationalization is, but she does a better job than I could. The post addresses why it’s critical for growing businesses to regularly review their legal organizational structures, and it contains a seven-step guide to help with the process.
By Stephen Chipman, CEO
Careful readers will note that this post is dated just two days after the US election, an impressive feat given that the writer also happens to run our company. Stephen’s post has been one of the year’s most popular and contains still-relevant takes on how the president-elect could influence the experiences of US expats abroad, the US’s participation in trade deals and the country’s talent pool, among other things.
By Juliana Staight, Director, Advisory Services
Given the glut of information online, it’s difficult for most of us to retain even a small fraction of what we read and otherwise take in every day. I love this post in part because it impressed something on me that I haven’t forgotten almost a year later. Namely: If company expands into a country for a short time, it may decide to assume the risk of not filing tax documents and paying taxes there. This decision may come back to haunt the company if its strategy changes and it decides to re-enter the market. In that case the company may find it can’t regain good standing with local tax authorities. It puts me in mind of the old saying about being careful of who you step on during your way up as they’ll remember you on your way down.
By Nathaniel Richards, Business Development
Some marketing departments all but debar individuals in sales from publishing blog posts, since readers don’t want to be sold anything. Radius sales reps, however, don’t last long if they’re ignorant of the technical aspects of global expansion, and Nate knows his stuff. The post’s title is probably sufficient introduction to its contents, so I’ll add only one more thing. Web-traffic numbers show that this post was very popular upon release, and then experienced a lull in interest for a few months, and then around October its popularity began to soar again. Just more evidence that it’s nearly impossible to predict a post’s short- and long-term popularity.
Tom Lickess, Line of Service Lead, Tax Advisory
In one of my favorite posts, our top tax man Tom Lickess explains in plain English why the European Commission ruled that Apple must repay €13 billion plus interest to Irish tax authorities. The piece has excellent sections on the ongoing changes to our global corporate tax landscape (including information on the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project), the effects of the Apple ruling on Ireland and other jurisdictions, and what US businesses need to consider in the wake of the ruling.
By Scott Wentz, Managing Director, US Tax
This short but remarkably useful post has a checklist of essential items for CEOs and CFOs to review before signing their US corporate tax returns. It should come in handy around the extended corporate tax deadline for years to come.
By Stuart Buglass, VP Consulting
Classifying workers appropriately as either benefits-eligible employees or contractors is a critical part of any business, particularly a business that operates abroad. In this post, one of our best and most prolific bloggers explains the basics of worker classification and why worker-classification claims and evolving legislation are big issues not only for sharing-economy giants like Uber but for all employers that supplement their workforces with contract workers.
By Gareth Jarman, Director, HR Advisory
This is part of a series by the director of our crack HR advisory group. The post begin with an excellent section about Gareth’s father’s career in the printing industry, and how his father’s skills, “once in demand became virtually obsolete” in a half dozen years. Gareth goes on to suggest four roles for the global workplace of tomorrow, including one fascinating possible job for the distant future.
By Laura Marshall, Senior HR Consultant
This impressively researched post explains that maternity leave and other family-related employment legislation varies significantly by country, and it provides a number of real-life examples. Did you know, for example, that Sweden was the first country to replace maternity leave with parental leave, and that Swedish paid parental leave should be divided equally between men and women by 2035? Laura also explains why multinationals should strongly consider implementing country-specific leave policies rather than a single policy intended to apply across jurisdictions.