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How much tax do expats need to pay in US when being detached by a Swiss employer?

A friend of mine wants to know how much tax do expats need to pay in the US when working for a Swiss employer and being detached in New Mexico. She already pays taxes in Switzerland.

Do you know anyone who could give her such answer? Many thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: How much tax do expats need to pay in US when being detached by a Swiss employer?

She should see a US tax accountant. How long are they out their for? Why are they not on the US payroll? I would say they would be up for US federal tax (varies) and New Mexico state tax (4.9%) but will get a credit for the Swiss tax paid. Im assuming a lot here in that they have become US tax residence.

Best to see a US tax accountant.
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Re: How much tax do expats need to pay in US when being detached by a Swiss employer?

Hi Brian, thanks a lot for your quick and useful reply. My friend could use your advice. Best wishes, GaŽlle
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Re: How much tax do expats need to pay in US when being detached by a Swiss employer?

I`m an accountant (Australian qualified) but I am NOT a tax expert. I lived in the US and was in the opposite position of your friend. I was working from home in Switzerland for my job in NY when we first moved here.

If your friend is on assignment for a month or two I suspect she will be ok (not required to file US returns) but if she is there for year + then I assume she would have to be liable for US and New Mexico tax. But if she is there long term then I don`t know why they wouldn't pay her out of the US (unless they don`t have a payroll there which is why I continued to be paid out of the US while working here).

If I was your friend my first stop would be to her HR, maybe they have some experience with others in similar positions.
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