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- What information can I get / What can I use Xpatulator.com® for?
- What exactly is Cost of living (COL)?
- What is hardship?
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- What are the 13 Different Cost of Living Baskets?
- What do each of the 13 different cost of living basket consist of?
- Is tax part of the calculators?
- How do you take into account varying tax rates between different cities?
- What role does the exchange rate play?
- How do I run the Salary Purchasing Power Parity calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the Cost of Living Allowance calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the Cost of Living Index calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the International Assignment Management calculator to get a report?
- Why is the cost of living index (COLI) different in every location?
- How do the Xpatulator.com® calculators work?
- If I add up the cost of living differences for each basket group, it does not add up to the overall cost of living difference. Why is that?
- Does the Cost of Living Allowance analysis take into account differing levels of compensation ex-pats will receive?
- How do you determine how much salary will be exposed to the cost of living difference (i.e., the amount of spendable salary)?
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DATA COLLECTION AND METHODOLOGY
Is tax part of the calculators?
Income Tax on Salaries is excluded from the calculators, while Mandatory Sales Taxes on goods and services are included.
The prices collected in each location include applicable mandatory sales taxes. The objective is to arrive at the full price of all goods and services as applicable to a typical expatriate living in each location. This takes different forms such as VAT, GST etc.
The salary used in the calculator is the salary entered by the person running the report. You can use gross or net salary. We advise using net (after tax) salary.
If you use net salary the result will be the net salary in the new location. You would then gross up the net salary for tax and statutory deductions. The net salary in the home country is the input salary. This would be net of home country tax and statutory deductions.
The calculated salary is the net host country salary. You would gross up the net host country salary by the amount of tax and statutory deductions in the host country. This approach ensures the net salary is adjusted for cost of living, hardship and exchange rate. It also results in the gross salary being comparable relative to tax and statutory deductions.