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Self Employed from UK but working in Geneva and Tax

Please can you help me, I am due to commence employment in March in Geneva and although I will be renting accomodation in Geneva I will be travelling home to the UK.

As I am registered self employed in the UK, will i have to pay taxes in both UK and Switzerland?

I have heard that you can work tax free if you only visit the Uk for less than so many days. Is this a complicated process to apply for??

Any help that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated as I completely new to all this.

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Old 21.01.2011, 08:52
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Re: Self Employed from UK but working in Geneva and Tax

You pay tax where you live. If that is Switzerland then you must also declare the UK income on your Swiss tax return. As you are self employed in the UK you must also complete the UK tax return. Double tax agreements will prevent you having to pay twice but as the UK has higher tax you will probably pay something.
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Re: Self Employed from UK but working in Geneva and Tax

You pay tax where you are resident This may be where you live for the most part, it may be more than one place. Establishing residency can be quite complicated. You do not "apply" to be not tax resident in the UK - there is a system of self-assessment.

However, unless you are out of the UK for more than a set number of days a year (check out www.hmrc.gov.uk for details), you remain resident for tax purposes in the UK. You are likely, regardless, to be tax resident in Switzerland as well. But as SwissBob points out, there are double taxation agreements - the net result is that you're likely to pay the same tax, overall, as you would in the UK. (Which is the higher).
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Old 21.01.2011, 10:01
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You do not "apply" to be not tax resident in the UK - there is a system of self-assessment.
You can, sort of. You can complete a form and be officially taken out of the UK tax system.
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