This is a Question regarding a UK Limited Company VAT Registered. Relocationg to Zurich permanently. The following points are:
1. We are a Graphic Design and Photographic Retouching Company.
2. Staff numbers are just 2. Both Employed as Directors.
Myself (British) & My Partner (Common Law Wife / Mother to our Daughter) (Swiss).
Zero other Staff at present in UK and or Switzerland.
3. Profits are difficult as we operate when clients need our services basis.
Our Gross Turnover last year was CHF133,000.00. We paid ourselves all of this less Taxes & VAT.
4. Assets we have computers and equipment currently estimated value of CHF11,000.00.
5. Assets in our own names are XXXXX XXXXX belongings.
NO Property. No Car. No Savings as these are needed for the Move and Set up Costs.
Basically, we are getting mixed information as to how we can operate our UK Limited Company in Zurich. Some say say we can - No problem at all. Others say no way.
Whats correct here? Thanks
I have asked a few accountants for help on this matter and have been given conflicting answers. As I say we are a small UK Limited VAT Paying Company. We would like to keep our UK Company and Pay All Taxes in Switzerland, Zurich as this will be our permanent base to live and work from. Our company is really for purposes of avoiding the IR35 Tax Rule here in the UK as Sole Traders are no longer able to operate without paying massive increases in TAX. Our services can be seen as a FREELANCE service but as a LTD Company. We will operate from our own rented office space.
I’d also like to know WHAT kind of Work Permit I can apply for as I'll be my own employer. So can I write my own employment contract to get a work permit? Bearing in mind our company is a UK Registered LTD which will register in Zurich paying ALL Taxes in Switzerland.
Many thanks if you can help me?
I really think you should be directing your query to a Swiss lawyer, not a UK lawyer about operating there using your UK company
If you are a British Citizen, you don't need any work permit in Switzerland as it has signed up to the free movement of workers directive of the EU.
I suspect that you can operate freely in Switzerland with your UK company due to the free movement of workers directive, but a Swiss lawyer should be consulted.
Hope this helps
Immigration, Employment and general Commercial law experience
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