Working Overseas As A Nurse: Five Tips To Overcome Tax Implications


Medical workers are in demand in Europe, Asia, on the American continent and have decent wages. With an exceptional medical education, with a list of successfully passing exams like NCLEX-RN, and experience of 2 years or more, it is possible to get a job as a nurse abroad.

Jobs that a nurse abroad can qualify for

A nurse can enter the departments of polyclinics and inpatient medical organizations, but the truly prestigious job for a nurse is private employment at the family’s invitation. Nurses are in demand for the following types of home health care:

  • Assistance in caring for newborns and preschool children and their treatment;
  • Home massage services for children and adult patients;
  • Caring for the elderly and elderly citizens and performing prescribed medical procedures, etc.

Working as a nurse abroad at home is highly paid, while it requires professionalism and communication with patients.

How much does the NCLEX RN exam cost?

Don’t forget that taking the NCLEX exam requires a lot of money and effort. However, there is good news for you. NCLEX Scholarship Application applies to School Nursing to help them pay for NCLEX and get licensed. However, the scholarship is awarded to students annually, and these funds will cover all your NCLEX exams and other licensing costs. Don’t forget that students who dedicate their time to their studies always get rewarded. Use online resources as much as possible. Osmosis offers online resources for nursing students to help them define their goals and study smart. 

According to the NCSBN Rule information, registration fees are based on state requirements and licensing fees. Applicants who seek a Canadian license are 360 CAD; Applicants wishing to obtain a license in the USA are 200 USD. In addition, the cost for changing the nursing regulatory body is an additional 50 USD.

Tax Calculation Rules

How taxes are charged on the amount paid to a nurse while working outside the home country depends on several factors. Namely: on the resident status of an individual – the recipient of income, as well as on the basis on which he works abroad.

Suppose the employment contract with an employee states that his workplace is outside his home country. In that case, payments received by the employee under such an agreement are considered income received from sources outside the home country for tax purposes. This means that if such an employee is recognized as a tax resident of his home country, then taxes on his salary are calculated in accordance with the generally established procedure. And if an employee has lost his resident status (that is, he was in his home country for less than 183 calendar days during the next 12 months in a row), the payments accrued to her are not taxed.

But in a situation where the employee’s workplace is in his home country, and he went abroad on a business trip, the tax on payments in his favor will always need to be charged, that is, regardless of residency.

The fact is that while a nurse is on a business trip outside his home country, he retains his average earnings. And, as the Ministry of Finance points out, the payment of average earnings is not considered remuneration for the performance of labor duties. It refers to income received from sources in your country. Accordingly, in this situation, only the personal income tax rate depends on the resident status of the posted nurse. Until the nurse has lost her resident status at home, the amounts paid by her are taxed at a rate of, for example, 13%, and after he becomes a non-resident – 30%.

How to minimize tax risks

There is always a chance that the most egregious violations will not be detected, and the tax risk cannot be ruled out altogether. Because even companies that have everything transparent and in accordance with the law have tax troubles out of the blue. But the taxpayer needs to strive to reduce tax risks. What needs to be done for this? Check contractors; Include tax clauses in contracts; Participate in tax control activities.

Do not worry. If you are a nurse by profession, there is definitely a job for you. When hiring as medical nurses abroad, preference is given to women aged 25-45 with sufficient experience, relevant higher or secondary vocational education, and a desire to improve and grow professionally on their own.

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