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Making a living off eBay in Switzerland, taxation?

Hi there

I currently make a living off eBay in Athens, Greece. I will probably be moving to Switzerland (Luzern) in 5 months time and would like to ask if anyone knows the regulations on whether or not I can continue working as I am in Athens over there.

Would it be advisable for me to register myself as a self employed person? The tax I pay is to eBay in the form of 15% VAT that is inclusive in all the eBay fees that is paid to Luxembourg.

Would I be exempt from taxation?

I read online that for my 'residency permit' If i declare myself self employed I have to show proof that I earn over 30 000 EUR per annum. ( I earn nearly double that through my online vennutes)

Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to your advise...

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Old 14.09.2011, 09:47
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Re: Making a living off eBay in Swiss, taxation?

ebay isn't big in switzerland, they use ricardo more
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I have an established clientele on eBay, there is no point in using Ricardo

Still doesn't answer any of the questions I asked
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Re: Making a living off eBay in Swiss, taxation?

Why don't you just call up the relevant authorities you'll find contacts on line and I'm sure you will find someone who speaks english too if you need it. I've always found them very helpful.
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Re: Making a living off eBay in Swiss, taxation?

well, i guess you'll be taxed on your income. as to VAT, that depends on what you sell, who you sell it to and how you sell it.
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Why don't you just call up the relevant authorities you'll find contacts on line and I'm sure you will find someone who speaks english too if you need it. I've always found them very helpful.
Yep, i will be doing that too, i just wanted to get a general idea from the forum first.... the more heads the better
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well, i guess you'll be taxed on your income. as to VAT, that depends on what you sell, who you sell it to and how you sell it.
I sell stamps online, 99% of my clients are not in Switzerland, they are all over the world. I can imagine that if a Swiss client buys from me he will be subject to VAT.

Would I have to declare all the parcels I send via the post office? Or could I just post them as normal envelopes ?

I will be contacting the relevant authorities, but as i mentioned earlier, i'd like to get feedback from the forum too. Thanks guys
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