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Common mistakes US businesses make when setting up in the UK
Gayle Davies

07 September 2020

For companies looking to set up in the UK, there are a myriad of issues that can occur. Read our content series to learn what some of these are and how they can be mitigated.

'If we send a US employee over to the UK, they won’t need a visa’
Gayle Davies

If you’re looking to sending an employee over to the UK to set up a new team, have you considered the immigration or income tax implications?

‘We won’t need a local statutory audit of our financial statements’
Gayle Davies

Just because the parent company financials are being audited, does not mean the local financials do not need to be. While this area isn’t necessarily cut and dry, what should you be aware of?

‘We’ll hire our first UK employee as a contractor and assume this won’t have any tax implications for our parent company’
Gayle Davies

If you hire your first UK employee as a contractor, what are the tax implications for an overseas parent entity?

‘We can issue US-style 'at will' contracts to our new UK hires’
Gayle Davies

What are some of the differences between UK and US employment requirements? How can you ensure your contracts for UK employees adhere to UK law?

‘If we send US employees to the UK, they can stay on the US payroll’
Gayle Davies

If you send a US employee to the UK, don’t assume you can avoid all UK fillings by just keeping them on the US payroll.

‘Our US parent company will just sign the UK lease’
Gayle Davies

When expanding into the UK, what should the parent company should be wary of before signing an office lease in their name?

‘We’ll offer stock options to our UK employees directly out of our US plan and assume the grants will qualify for favourable tax treatment’
Gayle Davies

As a US company expanding into the UK, the stock options offered to US colleagues typically won’t have the same tax benefits for UK colleagues. How can make granting options more tax efficient?

‘We’ll grant stock options to our UK employees and assume there is no social security charge for us’
Gayle Davies

What are some of the tax ramifications you should be aware of if you have grant stock options to your UK employees?

'Our US team can handle the UK bookkeeping'
Gayle Davies

Is it possible to maintain UK bookkeeping from your US headquarters and do the UK VAT compliance yourself? Read our article to understand the nuances you should take under consideration.