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Consulting internationally, resident in Switzerland, via a UK-based company

After advice and experience on this type of working arrangement please:

1. I live in Switzerland

2. I make a contract for each piece of client work with a particular UK-based consultancy firm who will pay me for it

3. The UK-based consultancy firm has a contract with the ultimate client for the overall service, who may be anywhere internationally.

4. I do the work for the client, from home in Switzerland, and at the client's location, wherever that may be, as required.

Anyone have experience of working this type of arrangement? What type of entity would you need to set yourself up as in Switzerland? Any tax headlines (although i will ask our accountants once I have a better idea of the overall issues here)?

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Re: Consulting internationally, resident in Switzerland, via a UK-based company

This thread may help.

Working from Switzerland for an Overseas Employer
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Re: Consulting internationally, resident in Switzerland, via a UK-based company

Thanks, putting bits together from other threads I think forming a GmbH, setting up an Einzelfirma, and just being self-employed could all be options.

(1) A GmbH would be no issue other than the costs and admin hassle, which I don't necessarily get benefit from because client relationships etc are not really an issue with my arrangement

(2) Seems no consensus on whether you can get away with having only a sole client outside of Switzerland as an Einzelfirma (i.e. a laxer requirement than in Switzerland). Not sure if I could use an agency to mitigate this issue?

(3) Self-employed has a limit on the turnover, 100k I think.
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Re: Consulting internationally, resident in Switzerland, via a UK-based company

Well, as said in the linked post, we don't seem to have a lot of info here on the forum for this sort of situation so any insights/experiences you may have and would be prepared to share will be useful for others who find themselves in the same position.

It's not a limit on the turnover, it just means the company has to be registered if it's over CHF100,000.

"Sole Proprietorship in Switzerland
When only one entrepreneur decides to set up a company in Switzerland, he can be both the owner and the director of the company. The founder is fully liable for the company’s obligations. The sole proprietorship in Switzerland is obliged to register with the Trade Register only if the annual turnover is over 100,000 CHF."

#http://www.companyformationswitzerla...-company-types

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