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View Poll Results: Have you got a business are interested in how to do things here or save (avoid) tax?
Would like to have a business but boy don't know where to start 163 39.76%
Am a contractor but my pimps are asking me to bend over and hold my ankles every month 27 6.59%
I am a freelancer doing it myself (so to speak) and want to know more 110 26.83%
I have my own legally structured company and don't like paying so much to everybody 51 12.44%
I am employed but am always interested in any way to reduce tax 52 12.68%
I think this is a waste of breath you oxygen thief 7 1.71%
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Old 14.04.2017, 21:14
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Hi everyone,

I've already read tons of information, but I'm still feeling pretty unsure what to do. Could you please help me with my case?

Having received a job offer from a Swiss company I moved from Poland to ZH, along with my wife. We've just received our B-type permits with my wife being registered as a house wife, so technically I'm supporting our family. Now, my wife would like to start remotely working for her previous, Polish company as a contractor.

Thanks for your help!
As far as I understand it, you have to have at least 3 people who are contracting from you, and how you get to 3 without starting at one and then two is a mystery to me. And I never found anything in this forum that really explained it all to me, despite reading it all a gadzillion times - not to suggest I haven't missed something and I haven't looked for a while.

When I wanted to set myself up that way, I gave up in the end. I had a friend who volunteered to be one of those offering contract work to me, but that would have involved her in who knows how much work and expense in terms of having to behave as my employer, tax things, social security things, insurance things, form things, processes and such like all in French.

I think what you really have to do is see canton authorities in your area who will explain it all to you.
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As far as I understand it, you have to have at least 3 people who are contracting from you, and how you get to 3 without starting at one and then two is a mystery to me. And I never found anything in this forum that really explained it all to me, despite reading it all a gadzillion times - not to suggest I haven't missed something and I haven't looked for a while.

When I wanted to set myself up that way, I gave up in the end. I had a friend who volunteered to be one of those offering contract work to me, but that would have involved her in who knows how much work and expense in terms of having to behave as my employer, tax things, social security things, insurance things, form things, processes and such like all in French.

I think what you really have to do is see canton authorities in your area who will explain it all to you.
That's exactly what I thought actually. One logical explanation would be that it's possible to do work for one client without actually having to register and pay social security, but how would you then pay your taxes? Anyway, seems like I really have to talk to my canton. Thanks!
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They also discovered that there is a little VAT trick that nets them just over 1% for doing nothing, yippee!!
sorry to resurect an old item but i've been thruogh this thread several times and many others but i cannot find any details on the "the 1% VAT/MwsT trick" mentioned above? Anyone got any ideas?
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My GmbH is an exporter so I don't have much experience with VAT (MWST). But when reading Richard's posts I also had the same question. I guessed that it was something to do with the two different methods of MWST accounting that are open for you to choose from. I think if you choose the right one for your circumstances then there is an opportunity to make a saving overall.

But I am just guessing. I too would be very interested if someone has more information on this.
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Re: Help for Businesses/Freelancers in CH

Thank you Richard for sharing your knowledge on this loooong thread and compiling it in an organized and "easy to read" manner.
I have saved your longer posts on "which legal structure suits you best", and was looking forward for part 3, which is sadly not here. Nonetheless, thank you


Also thank you to all other members here - your questions and answers are a starting point for me (going from self employed to GmbH - or am i?)!

Cheers!
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