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Potential move to Zurich for Work

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I am potentially moving to Zurich for several months to work on a contract, paying a day rate.
I am a British citizen having lived here majority of my life and own a property here as well. (with wife and child)
I plan to commute to Zurich once a week, then back home.

My prospective employee mentioned they would set up the necessary permits etc an that my tax liability will be circa 28% of my gross monthly salary.

I wonder if someone could advise perhaps whether this tax rate is correct, does anyone have an idea of accommodation / living costs / plane fares to London?

I reckon I should get between CHF12-14K per month gross. Would need to send home £5K at least, so would the remainder be enough to live off? (not expecting super-comfortable living, anything basic is fine by me!
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Re: Potential move to Zurich for Work

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Old 10.11.2019, 23:11
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Re: Potential move to Zurich for Work

Yes. Welcome to the Forum and, soon, to Switzerland.

There's already a lot of info here. If you scroll right down to the bottom of the page, you'll see the Forum software's suggestions for threads it deems might be similar.

Others will be along, soon, to give you some views on your situation.
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Old 10.11.2019, 23:49
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Re: Potential move to Zurich for Work

Welcome!
Can't advise you on taxes, but logistically, you're perfectly located for flight options from the UK. Just search UK to Zurich and Basel on Skyscanner.net and remember it's worth checking for 2 one way fares as well as returns. One tip, always avoid flying into Heathrow or Gatwick on Thursday afternoons if you plan to drive home. The M25 is a complete nightmare on Thurdays with city workers driving back to work from home on Fridays. It used to take me an hour to drive 3.5miles home from Heathrow when I worked there.

For accommodation, one options to consider is furnished 'befristet' (temporary) apartments. This is a currently available option within a few minutes walk of Zurich Hauptbahnhof. Just run the ad through a quality translation site such as www.deepl.com. https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma.../show/22164992
You could also consider just renting a room in shared accommodation. Both options will being your costs down.

Good luck.
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Re: Potential move to Zurich for Work

I don't wish to burst your bubble... but NO. It does not really work that way.

If you still have a wife and child in the UK, and a house, it is very, very hard to escape the clutches of HMRC. You can only spend a max of 80 nights in the UK in any one year. And there is a lovely thing called the "deemed days rule" which means it isn't really 80 nights, more like 50.

That means it is highly likely you will pay Swiss tax at whatever nice sounding percentage, then HMRC will come after you to do a tax return in the UK, and charge you the difference. Minus what you paid the Swiss already.

The double taxation treaty in this case means you are taxed twice... in effect paying the maximum tax at the highest applicable rates overall.

In your second year, it gets even better. You pay their estimate - up front, "on account" - for the next year as well. BEFORE you have earned it. And if you don't pay it, they not only charge you interest, they also send you nasty letters calling you a tax dodger. Yes. Really.

There is a status called "Permanently Working Abroad" which you might want to aim for. It removes the deemed days issue. But it's still hard to comply. And reading your situation, you are coming here for a contract? Contracts are not usually permanent, by nature.

And the kicker? If you don't stay out at least 3 years, and meet some other hard-to-meet criteria, they can also hit you with back tax when you come home.

Source: been doing this commute for 4 years. Have spent/wasted over 20k on accountants both here and there. Difference - I am full time employed here.

There is actually lots of useful information on the HMRC website. Note, I did not say helpful...


https://www.gov.uk/tax-right-retire-abroad-return-to-uk


https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/residence



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I am potentially moving to Zurich for several months to work on a contract, paying a day rate.
I am a British citizen having lived here majority of my life and own a property here as well. (with wife and child)
I plan to commute to Zurich once a week, then back home.

My prospective employee mentioned they would set up the necessary permits etc an that my tax liability will be circa 28% of my gross monthly salary.

I wonder if someone could advise perhaps whether this tax rate is correct, does anyone have an idea of accommodation / living costs / plane fares to London?

I reckon I should get between CHF12-14K per month gross. Would need to send home £5K at least, so would the remainder be enough to live off? (not expecting super-comfortable living, anything basic is fine by me!
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