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Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

Hi.

I have a Norwegian spouse who is doing PhD in Swiss university. Are there any constraints for him to work remotely in Norway in terms of tax regulation or labor law of Swiss? Here I am talking about full time being outside of Swiss, maybe visiting Swiss once per every month or something like that for example.

We are mostly concerned if he is still eligible for getting his salary in CHF through Swiss bank account and paying Swiss tax even though he is not locating himself in Swiss. I heard that some countries require you to be physically staying there at least certain percentages per year in order to be paid in local currency and pay local tax. There will be some hassles to do this but we would like to know if this idea is not against to any liability first.


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Re: Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

It's unclear what are you asking for. The salary of a salaried employee is usually paid in the local currency of the employer but I don't think there is any law enforcing that, so it could be any currency upon agreement.

Is it an employee or employer potential problem? Do you mean the Swiss University would be the employer?

I don't think any country where you reside and do the work will let you skip the taxes. However there are double tax avoidance treaties, so in the end you pay only one tax. Regarding Switzerland, you may look for G permit for cross border commuters. Maybe that would be suitable for your situation.
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Re: Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

Outside where?
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Re: Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

If you live in Switzerland and work remotely for an organisation outside of Switzerland you must have the legal right to work in Switzerland, and you will have to account for taxes and social contributions here. You may or may not have to account for taxes in the remote country - I understand Portugal has something like this.

This has been discussed many times. Try typing this into google
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It's unclear what are you asking for. The salary of a salaried employee is usually paid in the local currency of the employer but I don't think there is any law enforcing that, so it could be any currency upon agreement.

Is it an employee or employer potential problem? Do you mean the Swiss University would be the employer?

I don't think any country where you reside and do the work will let you skip the taxes. However there are double tax avoidance treaties, so in the end you pay only one tax. Regarding Switzerland, you may look for G permit for cross border commuters. Maybe that would be suitable for your situation.


For example in Norway employee/employer have to follow certain rules in order to get paid with other currency than NOK from Norwegian employers. By seeing that we assumed it would be much more complicated to ask employer (which will be Swiss university, yes) to pay his salary in NOK, so that was why I set the premise that he wants to be paid/pay the tax as is now. I guess cross border commuters would make sense, but still cross border commuters literally work in Swiss, whereas in this case he wants to mainly work in Norway.

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If you live in Switzerland and work remotely for an organisation outside of Switzerland you must have the legal right to work in Switzerland, and you will have to account for taxes and social contributions here. You may or may not have to account for taxes in the remote country - I understand Portugal has something like this.

This has been discussed many times. Try typing this into google
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Our case is the exact opposite. He is hired by Swiss university and wants to work from abroad, which is Norway.

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Re: Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

In general, if you are a Swiss resident, all worldwide income regardless of the actual currency is taxable.

Btw:
Swiss (adjective) like Norwegian/norsk
Switzerland (Noun) like Norway/Norge

For double taxation treaty see:
https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics...r-st/id417330/
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Re: Any regulation for remote-work outside of Swiss?

This scenario seems to be already covered earlier by these threads:

https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...ng-abroad.html

https://www.englishforum.ch/permits-...ely-legal.html

They suggest that your spouse does not need any kind of Swiss permit and he needs to be taxed where he lives (Norway).

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