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Since we are WFH in the US, thinking of flying to India to family and WFH from there. Any rules, specifically for L-visa holders, that prevent us from working remotely from a different country?

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I know for deloitte, you cannot WFH from a second country due to Tax implications. You’ll need to charge time to a cost center and your cannot charge it to an India CC.

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It’s more complicated. The firm will have to pay taxes for you in India including PF and LTA! Setting up payroll, tax admin fees could cost $10/$20k per month over and above your salary! Don’t do it!

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All intl flights to India suspended from Sunday onwards. Depending on port of entry, can have mandatory testing which classifies H/M/L symptoms and prescribes self quarantine or hospital quarantine as needed (at least that was the case when we arrived in Bengaluru 2 days back). Plus there are tax implications on working outside the US - something your tax team can clarify

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In Bengaluru, international arrivals are made to complete immigration (but not let out of airport). They are all gathered and sent to a nearby private hospital where a check up (not testing for covid19) is done. For low risk or no symptoms, self quarantine for 14 days is prescribed. For high risk cases, they are placed in the hospital for observation and testing.

Also, it might be an issue if the nature of your job involves any type of data - the firm i work for has strict rules around this due to GDPR

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It is super complicated for tax purposes. The tax code in the US looks for your city and state and you charge the US time code to that city and state. First complication would be using a US time code in India, followed by a requirement to pay taxes in India, and then taking you off temporarily US payroll. setting that up and taking you off payroll in US is an expensive process. That is 10k worth of some cost there.

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Thanks K1

Fact of the matter is, most of us have worked from India or other places, and logged out hours as working from home (state in the US). There have been no issues with it thus far. It’s a grey area, technically/legally you’re not supposed to do it, but if situations/circumstances warrant it, I’ve done it with Partner approval (and without). So you do you, and it depends on your risk appetite. We are all adults, and are responsible for our actions.

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Yeah agreed. This could be a long period and probably not worth the risk.

Why would you risk flying?

OP, you cannot work remote from India due to tax implications. And this applies to both client serving and internal EY activities. That’s EY policy. I’ve dealt with several questions of this sort over the years and have had many discussions with HR to understand policy. You’ll be placed on Leave of Absence, will have to buy Additional Days Off, or will have to extinguish your vacation days should you choose to leave the US.

OP super dumb idea, sorry but why would you even risk going to india where there is zero precaution and people running around functions and morchas ? Value your life, stay home and be a responsible human, this isn’t a holiday

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