Every year since 1968 Atlas Vanlines conducts a comprehensive survey of corporate relocation decision makers. This year, 444 respondents completed online questionnaires between January 15 and February 22. Each respondent has responsibility for relocation and is employed by a company that has either relocated employees during the past two years or plans to relocate employees this year.
This year’s survey yields a treasure trove of information certain to uncover the trends and offer clear understanding to the evolving challenges in corporate relocation. In general, 2018 was another positive year for the relocation industry; roughly nine out of ten organizations indicate both volumes and budgets either held steady or increased.
Tax Reform Policy Changes
Most firms, across sizes, implemented policy changes last year in response to the tax
law and its elimination of the deduction for moving expenses. A majority plan to do so
again in 2019. While the most common change was to gross-up taxable relocation
benefits, firms put many other methods in play to manage costs and protect
employees against negative financial impacts.
Below are some keys findings from the survey along with a link to the complete survey results.
- For the past eight years, the key external factor affecting relocation volumes has been the lack of qualified local talent.
- Family issues/ties has taken the top spot among reasons for declined relocations, while spouse/partner employment has held second place.
- Over the last five years, the majority of firms have used candidate assessments to support relocations.
- For the fifth year in a row roughly six in ten firms indicate spousal/partner employment “almost always” or “frequently” affects relocations.
52nd Annual Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey
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Prior to passage of the Tax Reform Bill certain moving expenses were considered excludable/deductible if certain criteria were met. The criteria included meeting the time and distance tests. The transferring employee needed to commence work in the new job (at the new work location) and work full-time for at least 39 weeks within the first 12 months after the move. He/she also needed to demonstrate that the new place of employment was at least 50 miles away from the old home than the old place of employment. The new tax reform law effectively negates the need for the above criteria since moving expenses are no longer deductible/excludable.
Relocation-Related Tax Reform Implications
- The mortgage interest deduction was reduced to $750,000 from $1,000,000 for mortgages originating on or after December 15, 2017. This is likely to affect transferring employees looking to purchase homes in higher cost of housing areas. Recruiting talent to relocate to these areas could become problematic.
- The state and local tax deduction is now capped at $10,000 in 2018 through 2025. This again could impact employees transferring into higher tax states as the cap will decrease the ability to deduct these items.
- Tax Rates and Income Brackets: The law’s seven federal tax brackets will now have the following rates:
Relocation America International is actively working with our clients and prospects to insure their programs are fully compliant with the new tax law and relocation policies are updated to reflect the new tax reality.
The above information is for general information only and is not presented as tax advice. Please consult with your tax advisor prior to making decisions and taking any action. For more information contact us at info@RAInternational.com or visit www.RAInternational.com
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