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CH GmbH giving services abroad - UK

Hello,


Me and a colleague have a small IT firm. We provide professional services onsite. Currently we have on client in Switzerland and we might get another one in UK.


My question is regarding the current legislation. I have no intention to leave Switzerland, but perhaps during 6-12 months I would be living between lands (coming to CH each wk or my wife coming to UK each wk).


Can I send bills from CH to UK without major paperwork? (I guess I need to arrange the UK VAT)


Can I do my payslips in CH or do I need to pay my social contributions in UK?


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Re: CH GmbH giving services abroad - UK

Without knowing much more details, you would invoice the client in the UK with out MwsT or UK VAT. No need to arrange and UK social security payments as you (the employee) would be employed by the Swiss GmbH.
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Re: CH GmbH giving services abroad - UK

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I was wondering if there is some limitation of time. For instance, if I stay more than 6 months in UK, if I need to do another entity in UK and make the payroll from there.
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I was wondering if there is some limitation of time. For instance, if I stay more than 6 months in UK, if I need to do another entity in UK and make the payroll from there.
If you are on a B permit and stay more than 6 months in the UK, you forfeit your CH permit (in principle)
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If you are on a B permit and stay more than 6 months in the UK, you forfeit your CH permit (in principle)

I am on C, but if I am running my payroll from CH, then that should not make a difference, right?
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Re: CH GmbH giving services abroad - UK

In general, tax is due where the work is performed.

It's been a while since I looked at this, so things might be different now, but as I recall, you may be due to pay income tax on the money you as an employee are paid in the UK. You will probably not be due to pay NIC. It all comes down to whether HMRC consider you are tax resident or not, and that depends on exactly how you work and how long. It is certainly possible to be tax resident in more than one country. Swiss/UK have a dual taxation treaty, so any tax liability paid to one country is offset by payments to the other.

From what little you describe, you'll be personally onsite for up to six months (during the week). You don't need UK payroll. You will need to fill in a UK tax return when you're done.

You should consult a UK tax professional.
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In general, tax is due where the work is performed.

From what little you describe, you'll be personally onsite for up to six months (during the week). You don't need UK payroll. You will need to fill in a UK tax return when you're done.

You should consult a UK tax professional.

Thanks very much, good to know about the double taxation agreement.


Indeed, I would contact a UK tax professional to avoid getting in to troubles, right know i just wanted to know how much money the company would do and what are the expenses I would face for providing services in the UK.
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