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The COVID-19 outbreak has led many countries to implement border controls as a temporary measure to curb infections, and many employers find their employees working from home or in locations outside the jurisdictions where employers typically operate or are located. International travel restrictions affect Boards of Directors and employees of multinational enterprises, alike, who find themselves marooned in various different locations around the world. Those unexpected remote employment and business activities may trigger a local tax presence for which the employer has not planned. This will in turn give rise to international tax complications, including increased permanent establishment (PE) risks and in some circumstances, a change in corporate tax residency.

This article, part of Baker McKenzie and Bloomberg Tax’s Special Report, discusses the issues arising from these remote business and employment activities as well as the risks that such remote activities could cause if they continue after the COVID-19 crisis is resolved (where personnel continue to desire or demand to work remotely). There are individual tax implications for employees working remotely abroad that are not discussed in this article but are worth considering together with the tax implications for corporations.

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Davinia Rogel has 8 years of extensive experience in tax planning and consultancy, as well as representing clients faced with tax audits and court procedures in Spain. She specializes in tax issues affecting multinational groups and restructuring companies. She has extensive experience in the tax field of wealth management assisting clients in planning and protecting their futures. She works closely with investment advisors, accountants, pension consultants, life underwriters and banking representatives to develop comprehensive wealth plans. She is the author of several articles and a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on wealth management and business restructurings. She is also a regular contributor to Baker McKenzie publications: Apuntes de Actualidad, Private Banking Newsletter, European Tax Newsletter, Aranzadi, etc.