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Old 10.04.2011, 16:12
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Tax Question - Irish citizen

Hi all - just wondering if you can help me with something. I have been working 2 days a week in Zurich for the past 12 months. But my employer (Irish company) have asked me to move to Zurich for the next 6 - 18 months. So far I've been happy to pay my usual Irish taxes, but what I'm wondering now is, is there a better way. For example, I do a quick check online and if I earn 100k CHF in Zurich I pay c. 18k tax, in Ireland I pay c. 38k! So it's twice as high. According to Irish law I will be domiciled in Switzerland for > 6 months of the year (move in june) so am eligible to pay taxes abroad I think.

My questions are - how hard is it to register for tax in Switzerland, like what is the best way to do this? I won't be working for a Swiss company, still an Irish one.
- Can I just pay swiss taxes as an individual (B permit say) ?
- Or do I need to register for this?
- Or would I have to set myself up as a Sole Trader / Propieter and route the money through that way?

Sorry if these seem like dumb questions - but what I'm wondering is how do people who are working over here for short - medium term, get the benefit of the Swiss tax system, vs their system at home.

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Old 11.04.2011, 01:38
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Re: Tax Question - Irish citizen

Taxation everywhere is based on domicile, i.e. where you are mainly living.

If you are registered and living in Zurich, Switzerland you will pay tax in Zurich at Zurich rates. If you are being paid from abroad and living in a hotel you will be taxed at your home address.

I hope an expert can help you further.

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Taxation everywhere is based on domicile, i.e. where you are mainly living.
Unless you are US citizen
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Taxation everywhere is based on domicile, i.e. where you are mainly living.

If you are registered and living in Zurich, Switzerland you will pay tax in Zurich at Zurich rates. If you are being paid from abroad and living in a hotel you will be taxed at your home address.

I hope an expert can help you further.
short answer - talk to a tax expert - if you want to save CHF 18,000 a year, you can invest CHF500 in tax expert.

re the domicile part, most countries operate a 6 month rule - if you live in that country more than 6 months you pay most of your tax there, but you would still tax in Ireland for the first partial tax year.
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