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EU citizen working remotely for an EU company wanting to pay taxes in CH

Hi

I am looking for ways to relocate to Switzerland (Canton de Vaud) and having trouble finding places where I can ask about taxes.

I am an EU citizen working remotely for a company located in the EU. Until now both I and the company have resided in the same country.

I have a contract with them for first 3 months in Switzerland, I will be looking for local job opportunities in the meantime.

Q1: Are there options for me to pay taxes in Switzerland from day 1 with this contract?
Q2: What if the contract was longer (6 months)?

Thanks for any help :)
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Old 07.02.2019, 08:32
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Re: EU citizen working remotely for an EU company wanting to pay taxes in CH

Yes. If you're a resident of Switzerland you pay you taxes here. Doesn't matter what the length of the contract is, it's your residency that decides where you pay your taxes.
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Is your company happy about this ?



What they'll save in taxes it will cost them in increased costs
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Yes. If you're a resident of Switzerland you pay you taxes here. Doesn't matter what the length of the contract is, it's your residency that decides where you pay your taxes.
Are we sure about this? I guess the OP has to clarify whether (s)he means he has an agreement to work remotely from CH, or an actual work contract in CH.
It's that "local job opportunities" that makes me wonder about his situation.

I am asking this question since I am asking the same question for my wife in another thread (though in our case is more of a family reunion) and from what I understand she will continue paying taxes in EU (Italy in our case) while benefitting of the no-double-imposition here in CH. Technically she (and I) will be paying taxes in CH, but somehow waived by the italian taxes paid?
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Yes. If you're a resident of Switzerland you pay you taxes here. Doesn't matter what the length of the contract is, it's your residency that decides where you pay your taxes.
To clarify, the company I work for does not have any connection to Switzerland and I only have an agreement to work from Switzerland.

So if i apply for L EU permit, the company should be able to pay my taxes in Switzerland?

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I guess the OP has to clarify whether (s)he means he has an agreement to work remotely from CH, or an actual work contract in CH.
You are right, I only have an agreement .
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To clarify, the company I work for does not have any connection to Switzerland and I only have an agreement to work from Switzerland.

So if i apply for L EU permit, the company should be able to pay my taxes in Switzerland?



You are right, I only have an agreement .
I (Danish Citizen) called the AVS yesterday regarding a similar situation.
I signed a contract with a UK company and the advice I got was the following:

Since I live in Switzerland I have to pay all the taxes here. I invoice the company each month and then the local AVS calculate how much tax I need to pay and send me an invoice. The amount will be calculated to correspond with 12 months and I will receive an invoice each quarter.

As I am not considered independent I will pay chomage contribution as well
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I (Danish Citizen) called the AVS yesterday regarding a similar situation.
I signed a contract with a UK company and the advice I got was the following:

Since I live in Switzerland I have to pay all the taxes here. I invoice the company each month and then the local AVS calculate how much tax I need to pay and send me an invoice. The amount will be calculated to correspond with 12 months and I will receive an invoice each quarter.

As I am not considered independent I will pay chomage contribution as well
Hi, could you please clarify by what you mean by invoicing your company? Are you self employed? I (EU) have a contract working remotely for a UK company at the moment and also relocating to Switzerland with my partner. I was offered a Swiss contract from my current employer (they have payroll provider in Switzerland) but I don't want to do this due to the 3 month notice period as I intend to find a local job as soon as possible.

I am trying to get my head round what options I have, for instance could I apply for L permit (jobseeker) when I move and continue working on my UK contract (paying taxes in UK) while I'm searching for a job? But the option Danmark14 describes may potentially work for me too? What permit do you have?
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Since I live in Switzerland I have to pay all the taxes here. I invoice the company each month and then the local AVS calculate how much tax I need to pay and send me an invoice.
Are you sure that AVS will send you a tax bill? Or is it just for the mandatory social contributions?
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Are you sure that AVS will send you a tax bill? Or is it just for the mandatory social contributions?

Mandatory. They calulate everything and invoice me.
Have to pay LLP myself.
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