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Work for foreign employer, am I obliged to tell it here?

I am currently a PhD student at a University in Zürich. I already have a contract with the university which covers my AHV/etc contributions. I am considering to get, simultaneously, a remote job in the US as I have the available time for that.


I have read a number of threads about the ANobAG in order to work for a foreign employer while living in Switzerland. What is still not clear for me is if this ANobAG is mandatory, or if I can opt to be in the ANobAG to get the benefits. In my case, as I already have a contract which covers many (or all) my contributions (e.g. accident insurance, etc), I do not need that part.


So, to make it short: If I get a contract to work remotely in another country and I live 100 % of the time in Switzerland, am I obliged to let the authorities know about this job?
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So, to make it short: If I get a contract to work remotely in another country and I live 100 % of the time in Switzerland, am I obliged to let the authorities know about this job?
Yes - because you should be paying tax on your earnings for a start.
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Yes - because you should be paying tax on your earnings for a start.
Tax would apply for sure, but the OP is asking if he needs to make all the other job related Swiss social contributions from this side job income.

Speculatively, I'd say that the USA would be happy to fully tax you there but at some point you would bring the money to Switzerland...
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Re: Work for foreign employer, am I obliged to tell it here?

Yes you have to tell them because you'll need permission to work in such a way as a non-EU national.

"During the semester, you may accept a paid part-​time job of no more than 15 hours a week. Full-​time employment is permitted during the lecture-​free period. However, in both cases your employer will have to apply for your work permit at the cantonal Office for Economy and Labour ("Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit" – AWA) if you come from a non-​EU country (including UK). This is only possible once you have received your residence permit!"

https://ethz.ch/en/studies/internati...mployment.html

I very much doubt an American company would be willing to apply for such a permit for you.

Also as said you may well be liable to US taxation which could in turn cause you problems here since most Swiss banks want nothing to do with anything US related due to FATCA.
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Re: Work for foreign employer, am I obliged to tell it here?

Also your university contract will almost certainly require you to declare other jobs, they have legal duties (care / working hours, tax, accident insurance) and also rules on competition / IP rights etc.
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Re: Work for foreign employer, am I obliged to tell it here?

where are you from?
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where are you from?
He's from Argentina.
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Re: Work for foreign employer, am I obliged to tell it here?

The easiest would be company to hire you through the university. Quite sure some money would be lost to university overhead costs, but you still get the job and contacts network, which are quite valuable when you finish the PhD.
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