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Gulliver and LuxTrust to launch proof of location app for cross-border workers



At the beginning of June, Gulliver's CEO Giuseppe Capoferri (on the left near the table) was in the grand duchy at the invitation of the Italian ambassador to Luxembourg and the president of the Emilia Romagna region, Stefano Bonaccini (on the right). (Photo: Gulliver)

At the beginning of June, Gulliver's CEO Giuseppe Capoferri (on the left near the table) was in the grand duchy at the invitation of the Italian ambassador to Luxembourg and the president of the Emilia Romagna region, Stefano Bonaccini (on the right). (Photo: Gulliver)

LuxTrust and Italian company Gulliver, which has seven million users, will be announcing the launch of a solution at the Arch Summit next week at LuxExpo. It will enable employees to demonstrate, undisputedly, to tax authorities where they work.

The fun is over: LuxTrust and Gulliver are going to get everyone to agree, including the French and Belgian tax authorities. That is a promise. No more need for cross-border workers to go and buy an espresso as soon as they set foot in Luxembourg, to feed that infamous “bundle of evidence” that they have indeed started their working day in Luxembourg and are therefore not teleworking.

“Gulliver has developed a new feature specifically for the Luxembourg market,” the two companies said ahead of the official presentation. “The application is a useful tool for those who have to meet their office working allowances. In addition, it will also help them to better manage risks and fulfil their legal obligations in their home country.”

Certified time-stamping

But is this yet another HR application that the taxman will dismiss out of hand? Not so sure. On the one hand, there is LuxTrust, owned 38.75% by the state and 50% by Post (itself owned by the state), a European provider of qualified trust services on the EU Trusted List and a trusted time-stamping authority, certified compliant with the eIDAS, IETF RFC 3161 and ETSI (TS 102.023) protocols to provide qualified time-stamps.

The time-stamping software is sold as a service and can therefore be integrated into an external application with the same qualities as LuxTrust. And it will be integrated into Gulliver's G-HR Tech suite, which offers 24 functions.

Three years of preparation

The Italians have 350 major customers, including Vodafone, DHL, Coca-Cola, DPD Group, Deloitte and DB Schenker, to name but a few companies that are also present in Luxembourg, as well as a further 2,500 SME clients.

They opened a subsidiary in Luxembourg on 1 January, which they entrusted to Danilo D'Aversa at the beginning of April. A fortnight ago, they received a visit from minister of the economy, Franz FayotFranz Fayot (LSAP), after having been welcomed to Luxembourg in April 2019 by his predecessor, Etienne SchneiderEtienne Schneider (also LSAP).

At almost the same time, the Brescia-based company put €500,000 back into the Luxembourg venture in order to raise its share capital to €2 million. A sign of its desire to broaden.

But Gulliver says it will not unveil details of the cost of its new cross-border solution until the official presentation next week.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.