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Old 16.03.2007, 01:04
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Re: Zurich London Commute [double taxation question]

I suppose i will have to address this soon.

After being made redundant in London last March, I worked for a couple of months on a short term contract and then came to work over here for a Swiss company being paid in CHF into a swiss Bank account I had to set up.

I do the commute from London to Zurich as well (monday evening to friday evening). Tax is currently being deducted direct from my wages.

In the UK I was on PAYE and doing my tax return on the net, until informed by the tax office that I no longer had to file a return. That was before my redundancy.

As far as I'm concerned the UK tax authorities don't know that I'm working in Switzerland. But with the tax year coming to a close, I don't know what the tax office is going to make of my figures for the year just gone..
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Old 16.03.2007, 13:11
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Re: Zurich London Commute [double taxation question]

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If you are not resident in the UK (you will alway be resident in the UK if you are here for 183 days, excluding the days of departure and arriveal, there are no exceptions to this)) you will generaly only be taxed on any UK pensions or on earnings from employment the duties of which are carried on in the UK.

Therefore if you are not resident you may fall outside the UK income tax net.

IR 20 is fairly clear on these points now that I have re-read it!

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Old 16.03.2007, 13:14
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Re: Zurich London Commute [double taxation question]

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Could I ask you how you find the commute. Do you fly into London? Do you then travel into the city? Do you train or drive to [Zurich] airport? Any tips would be welcome.

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Old 16.03.2007, 13:38
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If you are not resident in the UK (you will alway be resident in the UK if you are here for 183 days, excluding the days of departure and arriveal, there are no exceptions to this)) you will generaly only be taxed on any UK pensions or on earnings from employment the duties of which are carried on in the UK.

Therefore if you are not resident you may fall outside the UK income tax net.

IR 20 is fairly clear on these points now that I have re-read it!

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Shimla....thank for this. The only problem is that I am "resident" in the UK. I'm married with two kids and fly back home to them each weekend (otherwise I'd probably stay ). The job over here will last no longer than the end of the year, so my stay will cross over two tax years, each of which will have seen me resident in the UK for more than the 183 days. I guess I will be liable for UK tax on monies earned overseas, but I don't know how much this is and what rights of offset agree. I'd appreciate anything you know along these lines..

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Could I ask you how you find the commute. Do you fly into London? Do you then travel into the city? Do you train or drive to [Zurich] airport? Any tips would be welcome
I'm ok with the commute. I go from Zurich to City Airport (which is great...my record is still making the plane when turning up just 15mins before take-off). My company's got me an apartment near Stadelhofen and I work at the airport. I get a monthly pass costing CHF111 for Zones 10 and 21, and will either get the one train direct from Stadelhofen or a tram into Zurich HB and then a train from one of the main platforms. Sometimes, when the weathers right, and you sit facing opposite the direction of travel, there are some great views of the Alps in the background of the city to be seen.

I've got no "tips" as such, but I would say that the transport system in Zurich is fantastic and very punctual. I love the way that even after 9pm they don't seem to cut down much on the numbers of trams or buses running. I nearly always get a seat, it's always pretty clean, and there's none of the yobs or air of menace (in my experience at least) that you sometimes get in London.
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Old 16.03.2007, 13:55
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Re: Zurich London Commute [double taxation question]

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IR20 p24: "if you are resident in the UK ...,you will normally pay UK tax on your earned income, wherever it arises...you may however be entitled to a 100% reduction in UK tax you have to pay if you receive overseas earnings and spend long periods abroad"

This is the foreign earnings deduction which apllies if certain tests are met. Check out IR 20 on the Inland Revenue site.

I think I'll be flying to City/Heathrow, as I have to pay out if my own pocket, probably Heathrow as the Swiss City flights are too expensive until BA/Air France start up later in the year.

Thanks for advice.

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Old 16.03.2007, 14:18
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Thanks once again. I am fortunate in that my company pays for the flights and puts up with the additional costs of going to City airport. That said, we do book them up in a fair bit of advance in order to take advantage of the cheapest fares.

I must admit that I would probably investigate the Ryanair option if I were paying myself.
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