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VAT on Consulting fees in Switerland

Hi, The Ltd company I work for charges consulting fees work done inSwitzerland, We are VAT registered, Do we charge VAT at the standard 20% rate, any feedback appreciated.





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No, you don't have to charge VAT. Services are now treated as supplied in the country of the client. Switerland is not a EU country so it would be same as invoicing a client is the US


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Hi Frauke,

just as an adddendum to your reply. I agree with your answer but there is a situation that could change the answer if the poster didn't convey all of the facts about the contract.

I've had a situation in the past where a client with their own company contracted to a UK agency but the work was situated in a non EU country.

Payment was made to the contractors company in the UK by the UK agency so VAT was chargeable because although the final client was outside the scope the consultant was regarded as working for the agency in the UK rather than the final client. (The agency in that instance was not acting as an agency but rather a consultancy who took on people on a freelance basis with the right skillset but the end client believed that all of the freelancers were actually employee's of the agency.

I'm sure that your answer is the correct one but just thought that I'd better add that bit in case it was relevant to the posters scenario.

kind regards,




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In Switzerland VAT is 7.7%, not 20%. But in your case you don't have to pay VAT.

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