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Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

Hello,

I live in Geneva, Switzerland with a C permit (my wife is a diplomat that was transferred here). I was recently employed by a university in Gland to teach a few hours a month. They gave me a short term contract and retain all my taxes and contributions (around 35% of what I make). I was wondering if it would make sense for me financially to register as a self-employed person and give the university an invoice instead of them employing me in this way. Since I'm not going to stay in Switzerland for more than a couple of years, I figure it doesn't make sense for me to pay certain contributions (pensions, etc.).

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Re: Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

You will be liable for VAT (8%) on the invoice and pay contributions on your income.
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You will be liable for VAT (8%) on the invoice and pay contributions on your income.

VAT would be added to the invoice rather than included, so won't be an issue.
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Re: Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

Unless the turnover is over a certain amount (100K?), you don't have to register for VAT. However, the biggest issue is that usually you can't simply choose to be self-employed. If you only work for the university, then it's really likely you'll have to be an employee.
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Re: Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

Thank you all! Well, right now it's only this university, but in the future I would also like to teach at other universities. So I'm wondering not only what is more practical, but more conveniently financially.
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Re: Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

AFAIK you can't be self-employed with just one client. The authorities just consider you an employee of the single company you're working for. Also double-check your permit status. I thought diplomats were Ci as opposed to C, and had their own rules. But I could be wrong so someone else please jump in with more info on that!
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Re: Self-employed vs employed in Switzerland

Yes, you´re right, it´s Ci!
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