Case Studies

Study 1 - The Consultant:

Aaron, a QNX consultant from Australia, was offered a lucrative 12 month assignment in Milan working for a consulting company. However, neither the recruitment agency based in London, nor the consulting company’s local office was willing to organise an Italian Work Permit for Aaron and his family. Luckily, after a friend told him to contact and we passed his case on to our local partner in Italy, a full Italian Work Permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 12 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Further, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

International Assignment

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring Tax Minimisation.

Yasmin, like most contractors, had no experience contracting outside her home country, so when she was offered a contract working in Rome she didn’t know what options were available to her. Even the regular contributors to the Contracting Forums had little information on Italian payment structures for contractors. Wanting to know the full scope of her options, she ‘googled’ contractor taxation and was able to obtain a thorough overview of her options before deciding on which payment structure to use. We were able to provide her with a variety of quotes based on her individual circumstances and together we selected the structure that best suited circumstances for the duration of her contract in Italy.

Study 3 - The Recruiter:

London based recruitment consultant Simone O’Neil had located the perfect candidate for her client, the Milan office of a German investment bank. However, the candidate was a Canadian citizen working in London. Her client’s only solution for a work permit was to hire and payroll the candidate directly. This would have exposed the candidate to the highest rate of tax and social security costs and unnecessarily increased the clients’ headcount. This meant the candidate was reluctant to take the role and left the client in a less than ideal situation. If only there was another solution! A colleague referred Simone to and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

Study 4 - The Employer:

Cameron, the sales representative for a fledgling USA consultancy had won a project to assist a Naples based private healthcare organisation through a systems upgrade. He needed to urgently bring 6 of the staff from the USA over to support the project. Given Italy’s strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. But his recently established office had not yet engaged proper legal, accounting and human resources functions which made it difficult to ensure that everything was fully compliant with local regulations. Our local sponsorship partner was able to assist him by taking on the staff as a 3rd party, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice. Not only did it solve his problem, it was easy to migrate the staff back to his company when they had their internal functions in place. Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.