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Tax advisor versed in UK and Swiss law

Hi all,

OK, I did a quick search before I posted, but no recent threads for a situation similar to me (the lucky sods!).

I am a L permit holder, working a short term contract, and I think not likely to be extended past 7 months total (yes I know I have to get my permit renewed for the extra month).

-Can anyone recommend a tax specialist who knows UK and CH tax law, to help me work out if I might be liable for extra tax payments in the UK after I come back?

Secondary point, I need to give notice on my apartment, although the nature of contracting is I wont know for sure until 2 weeks before the contract expires. So, in accommodation terms, I may ne liable for 4 months rent extra, AFTER my contract expires.

-Will my permit extension be valid for 6 months, or until my contract expires?

-Will I be able to apply for other roles here on the remainder of my permit? Or do I need a valid offer to retain the permit?

Sorry if these are noob questions.

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Old 30.11.2012, 09:43
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Re: Tax advisor versed in UK and Swiss law

Assuming you're a UK citizen...

I imagine the permit extension would be for 6 months. Even if you don't have a job lined up here, EU citizens are entitled to a 6-month L permit for the purposes of job hunting.

If you return to the UK, chances are you'll never have left the UK tax system because I expect you won't have been out of the country over an entire tax year so I think you would be liable to UK tax with a credit for the tax you paid here. You can probably tot it up quickly yourself since you know what you're paying in source tax and know (or can find out) how much your UK personal allowance is and what the tax bands are. NI is a different matter - not entirely sure how that would work.

Accommodation - yes, unless you can find a Nachmieter, again chances are you'll be tied in until the next official notice date in your lease. Worth checking what you signed up to.
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Re: Tax advisor versed in UK and Swiss law

You will pay tax as a CH employee, & be liable in full for UK taxes. Any tax paid in CH will be credited against your uk liability. Getting out of paying UK tax is quite difficult unless you have a full time contract of employment & leave permanently which means for at least a full tax UK tax year.

In zh there are only 2 days a year cou can give notice a year, so you could be on the hook for almost 9 months rent here. Getting a flat will not be easy either, I would let the employer find & pay for your accommodation , possibly in a hotel.

If you have a British (EU) passport you will be able to stay & possibly be entitled to unemployment pay, if you have been working as an employee in the UK before coming to CH.
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