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Filing taxes when tax not deducted at source

Hello Community,
First of all apologies if similar question has been asked earlier on the post. I have been searching for the similar question on this forum for the last couple of days but could not find any.. so posting a new one here.

I am an Indian and I am working on a project with one of our partner companies in Fehraltorf, Zurich since end of September 08. I am paid in CHF and am on the payroll of my (i.e. Indian) company. As I am staying in Switzerland for more than 6 months (182 days) now, I assume that I will have to pay my taxes here as per the Indo-Swiss tax treaty.

Currently, I am the only person from my Indian company working on this project. So our lawyer has advised that my Indian company should not deduct any tax at source and instead let me file my taxes personally.

I have received a letter from the gemeindhaus informing that I fall under the Tarrif A for the taxes. But I have not yet received any tax forms from the Swiss tax department.
All the tax advisors I have inquired with are quoting a variable fees which turns out to be minimum of CHF 700-800 (First meeting + tax forms filling charges) and more.

I am not sure, if its worthwhile to pay this much as from whatever I see my tax liability would be around 2500 to 3000 CHF for the period till 31 Dec. 2008.

Also, as I have a L (temporary residance, less than a year) permit, will I have to pay for the pension account or social security? Can anyone please help me on this?

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Re: Filing taxes when tax not deducted at source

My best guess is that your employer should be deducting and transferring Swiss tax at source. This irrespective of the fact they are an indian company... they have a business estalishment in Switzerland.

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