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Hello, everybody!
I need some advice about work permit and taxes, because I'm a bit confused about what to do.
My stay in Switzerland is going to last just 3 months and I come from EU (but not EU15). I just started babysitting in one family for cca 3 days per week and the family says that they can arrange work permit for me (dad has a company). But they also warned me that this means I'll get much less money (taxes) and so maybe it's not worth doing it. Is it true that if you work legally and pay taxes, the calculation would be that you work 2 out of 5 days for free (for taxes)?
First I wanted to get it, because it's ofcourse the right thing to do and also I thought that I could use it if I get additional job. But now I'm wondering if it's worth getting it for such short stay and for such little money (15 CHF per hour). What do you think?
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Old 01.11.2010, 15:03
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Working legally benefits the country you live in (taxes go towards the community, police hospitals and stuff) and can also benefit you greatly, you have legal protection if you are abused at work and you have human and statutory rights. Some nannies are treated very badly by their employers.
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Re: is it worth getting work permit? need advice...

It is very irresponsible of your prospective employer to suggest you should work illegally and to only offer 15 chf per hour. Apart from anything else, it's very risky to work without the proper insurance.
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Old 01.11.2010, 18:33
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The family is obliged to arrange a work permit for you and for the job you are doing, not through some unrelated company. Best advice in this case is walk away.
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Old 01.11.2010, 19:03
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Hello, everybody!
I need some advice about work permit and taxes, because I'm a bit confused about what to do.
My stay in Switzerland is going to last just 3 months and I come from EU (but not EU15). I just started babysitting in one family for cca 3 days per week and the family says that they can arrange work permit for me (dad has a company). But they also warned me that this means I'll get much less money (taxes) and so maybe it's not worth doing it. Is it true that if you work legally and pay taxes, the calculation would be that you work 2 out of 5 days for free (for taxes)?
First I wanted to get it, because it's ofcourse the right thing to do and also I thought that I could use it if I get additional job. But now I'm wondering if it's worth getting it for such short stay and for such little money (15 CHF per hour). What do you think?
Thank you in advance
It is very little money, unless they're also paying living expenses and such.

However, the calculation is more like 1 day out of 5 to the government, depending which canton you're in. Which, compared to most other countries in the world, is really not bad.
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Re: is it worth getting work permit? need advice...

Thank you very much for these suggestions and advices, it was very helpful. Some of those things I even didn't think of!
So, here comes the though part - to make action Maybe I should really walk away (because 15 is all I get, there are no additional paid expenses), it's just difficult because otherwise they are nice people and I get along with the kid so good. But that's all up to me now...
Thanks again!
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It is very little money, unless they're also paying living expenses and such.

However, the calculation is more like 1 day out of 5 to the government, depending which canton you're in. Which, compared to most other countries in the world, is really not bad.
That's really not much! So it's worth for all the security and similar.
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