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Switzerland - Special considerations for short-term assignments

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Residency rules

Payroll considerations

Taxable income

For the purposes of this publication, a short-term assignment is defined as an assignment that lasts for less than one year.

Residency rules

Are there special residency considerations for short-term assignments?

Assignees coming from a country with a double taxation treaty with Switzerland will generally be subject to the provisions of Article 15 of the double tax treaty (such as, 183 days test).

If assignees come from a country which has no double taxation treaty with Switzerland, these individuals are normally taxable from their first day in Switzerland - and there is no unilateral relief from double taxation.

Payroll considerations

Are there special payroll considerations for short-term assignments?

Unless exempted under Article 15 of the double tax treaty, the Swiss entity to which the employee is assigned is required to withholding tax for all L and B permit holders. Income paid out in the home location will need to be shadowed in the Swiss entity. If an exemption under the double tax treaty is available, the exemption from withholding tax generally needs to be requested with the tax authorities.

Taxable income

What income will be taxed during short-term assignments?

Salary and other standard compensation not exempted by a double tax treaty.

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