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Old 12.11.2008, 18:37
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To inform or not inform

I am British and will be starting a 7 month contract in Zurich on 1st December 2008.

There is a chance I my contract will be extended although I probably won’t know until closer to 30th June 2009.

Does anyone know what I should be doing in regards to informing the Inland Revenue?

Also will I be expected to pay tax if I return to the UK in July next year?
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Old 13.11.2008, 16:44
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You will pay tax here in 2008 and 2009, so that means two tax returns, but they are voluntary if you earn less than 120k per year. I do not know about the IRS.
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Old 13.11.2008, 17:15
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I am British and will be starting a 7 month contract in Zurich on 1st December 2008.

There is a chance I my contract will be extended although I probably won’t know until closer to 30th June 2009.

Does anyone know what I should be doing in regards to informing the Inland Revenue?

Also will I be expected to pay tax if I return to the UK in July next year?
It's a few years since I did this, so maybe someone else has more up to date information, but...

Inform the UK Inland Revenue of the date you are leaving the country and your new address (once you have settled down), and they will keep it with your records. You should have a tax return to fill in for the 2008-9 tax year (which starts April 5, IIRC). However, if you are out of the UK for more than 183 days as you say, then you shouldn't have any tax to pay for that year. Any tax you have already paid in the UK (e.g. through PAYE) will be refunded to you.

If you remain outside of the UK, then you will of course not pay any tax to the UK and shouldn't have to complete a tax form in future. The UK will, however, give you a tax code - NT - not taxable.

You will have to pay Swiss tax though, from the day you start. Your agent should be able to help you with this. Don't forget to register with the Kreisbüro!
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Thanks for the info
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