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Old 28.01.2008, 17:03
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UK employer, Swiss tax

Having recently lost my job here after only 1 year, I have been offered a job by a UK company, who are willing for me to stay living in Switzerland, (because I like it here) with about 40 days required in UK per year.

My pay can be paid in GBP, on an NT basis (not taxed). Which means I pay tax, etc here. Can I do this without becoming 'independent'. If I am 'independent' here, then am I still 'employed' by UK company, or am I only a consultant/contractor?

I am not young, nor a high earner, am celibataire, have my permit B, and live in Lausanne.

Would be most grateful for any advice.
Very many thanks.
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Re: UK employer, Swiss tax

The fact that your employer is in the UK means that you are not taxed at source in Switzerland. However, as long as you are only about 40 days in the UK and you accordingly remain tax resident in Switzerland, you are ordinarily taxed in Switzerland as an employee. You will not be treated as an "independent" as you are, according to your post, employed by a company.
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Old 30.01.2008, 23:15
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Re: UK employer, Swiss tax

I take it you are technically employed by the UK company. As far as I know, you can only work for a max of three months as a EU national working for a EU company, resident in CH, after which you would have to be self employed here. If the work is outside of CH, then you can opt to pay Swiss tax, but not be in the social system, ie you don't work in CH.

I believe that you can be a sole trader, where the UK company 'Exports' works to you. This means that you get around the law here if you were self employed, ie you only have one customer, you need a minimum of three customers to be self employed.

Being self employed has its own difficulties as you have to psy both the employers and employees social contributions.

Best to seek local advice.
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Re: UK employer, Swiss tax

Thank you! Its what I wanted to hear. Now I need to figure out the mechanism to pay the tax...
I don't know how to thank you, but will work that out too!
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Tax situation when paid by a UK employer but residing in Switzerland

Hi!

Help!

I have been offered a job in Switzerland and intend to move over to Zurich permanently in April this year. My long-term girlfriend is coming with me. She works on a permanent basis, from home, for a UK employer. The employer has agreed in principle to continuing this working relationship when she moves to Switzerland.

Could anybody give me more information on whether it's possible to work for a UK employer and receive a salary from this UK employer while living and paying tax in Switzerland? Does some double taxation agreement exist? Would that cause her problems obtaining a work permit?

Thanks for any info!
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Old 31.01.2008, 13:05
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Re: Tax situation when paid by a UK employer but residing in Switzerland

Hi Trainspotter,

Lots of issues here:-

1: Unmarried couple - Girlfriend will not get a permit, since there is no reason for her to be here.

2: EU national and EU Employer - can only work for three months max.

3: What does your girlfriend do?

4: Girlfriend being 'self employed' is not as easy as it may appear.

I have sent you a PM - Give me a call, since I have some experience in this.

Andy
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Re: UK employer, Swiss tax

Hi there,

Just seen this post and wanted to ask for further info, as I have a seemingly similar situation. I am a British national, living in London with my Swiss girlfriend. We want to relocate to Zurich, so that she can continue her career as a teacher. My intention is to retain my London-based job (for a UK company), but work partly from home, so that I can divide my time between London and Zurich.

Is this possible? Any idea what kind of permit I would need to try and get, and what kind of issues I need to navigate with this from a tax/visa perspective?

Any advice hugely appreciated!
Thanks,
James
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