Expert Insights on Legal Posting with A1 Certificates in EU/EFTA: A Comprehensive Guide by WhiteFin Solutions

WhiteFin Solutions, a leader in European payroll and mobility management often addresses complex queries from partners regarding the legal posting of contractors in the EU/EFTA region, particularly concerning A1 certificates. This article offers an in-depth look into the nuances of this process, blending our expertise with practical, pro-bono tips.

In-Depth Understanding of A1 Certificates

Issuance and Validity: A1 certificates, issued by the employee’s home country, validate their social insurance status, and are valid for up to 24 months. This certification is integral for employees operating in another EU/EFTA state.

Benefits and Protection: Holding an A1 certificate ensures continuity in the home country’s social security system for the employee, thereby precluding the burden of dual social security contributions.

Compliance Imperative: The procurement and administration of A1 certificates go beyond mere benefits; they are a compliance imperative for organizations deploying workers across the EU/EFTA region.

The 183-Day Rule in Taxation: A Critical Consideration

Understanding the Rule: This rule posits that if an employee works in a foreign country for less than 183 days within a 12-month period, they may not fall under the tax liability of that country, conditional to specific requisites being met.

Application in Posting Situations: In the context of posted workers, this rule becomes a pivotal factor in delineating their tax obligations, influencing where their income tax is paid.

Navigating Employee Secondment and Tax Residency

Tax Residency Rules: These rules ascertain the jurisdiction where an individual is accountable for personal income tax. For posted workers, maintaining tax-residency in their home country often simplifies tax compliance.

Contractual and Tax Compliance: The architecture of employment contracts should be meticulously aligned with these tax residency norms to ensure seamless compliance.

Comprehensive Insurance: A Non-Negotiable Necessity

Employers Liability and Public Liability Insurance: Robust coverage in these areas is not just a legal requirement but also an employer’s responsibility, safeguarding against potential claims arising from third-party interactions.

Medical Insurance in the Country of Work: Facilitating medical insurance in the host country is a critical aspect of duty of care, ensuring accessible healthcare for employees during their posting.

Registration and Right to Work Compliance

Registering as a Posted Worker: This procedural step is crucial for legitimizing the status of a foreign worker in the host country, aligning with local employment standards.

Right to Work Verification: Ensuring EU/EFTA passport possession or equivalent right-to-work documentation is pivotal for legal employment within these jurisdictions.

The Complexity for Self-Employed Individuals and A1 Certificates

Obtaining an A1 certificate as a self-employed individual entails demonstrating prior social security contributions in the home country, often for a minimum period. This aspect underscores the need for compliant and structured solutions to facilitate these prerequisites.


Expertise in the legalities of employee posting in the EU/EFTA region, particularly concerning A1 certificates, tax rules, insurance necessities, and worker registration, is not just a compliance strategy but an essential requirement. For further advice and detailed insights into legally posting contractors with A1 certificates in the EU/EFTA, contact WhiteFin Solutions at +44 20 8036 3010 or via email at

About WhiteFin Solutions

We are experts in payroll and compliance within the EU/EFTA region. WhiteFin Solutions have established entities in Spain, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Portugal, France, Belgium, the UK, Poland, Croatia, Norway, Cyprus, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Ireland. We’re not just making an appearance; we’re transforming landscapes with local employment, immigration services, local invoicing, and full governance compliance.

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Author: Alex Thomas
Chief Operating Officer at WhiteFin Contracting Solutions

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