Switzerland and France conclude tax deal for cross-border ‘home workers’

Switzerland and France have concluded an agreement concerning cross-border employees working from their home in France during to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland and France conclude tax deal for cross-border 'home workers'
shows a border between Switzerland and France closed by concrete block and adorned with Swiss flags in Presinge near Geneva. AFP
According to the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SFI), “the tax agreements between the two countries continue to apply as before, as long as the exceptional health measures are in force”.
This means that French cross-border workers will continue to be charged taxes as if they had physically gone to their workplace in Switzerland.
Under the taxation regime currently in place, permit G holders who work in cantons other than Geneva, have their taxes collected by French authorities.
However, if their place of employment is Geneva, taxes are paid in Switzerland.
In total, about 87,000 French citizens commute to work in Switzerland daily but there are no official figures on how many of them currently work from home.
The provisions of the agreement are valid until May 31st and will be renewed from month to month until Bern and Paris end health regulations that limit or discourage the movement of people.
However, either country may cancel the arrangement by mutual agreement at any time.
The SFI said that it is also in contact with authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria for the purpose of concluding similar tax agreements, clarifying tax obligations for cross-border  home workers from these countries.

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UK border guard held in France over drugs and gun smuggling

A British border guard was one of 12 people arrested in Britain and France as part of an investigation into arms and drugs smuggling, police said on Monday.

UK border guard held in France over drugs and gun smuggling
The 37-year-old officer from the port of Dover was detained by French police near Calais last Friday along with three other UK citizens, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said in a statement.
The man was arrested in a supermarket car park in the rural district of Loon-Plage near Dunkerque. 
Eleven firearms — nine handguns and two revolvers — were recovered and French police also seized 34 kilogrammes (75 pounds) of cocaine and seven kilos of heroin.
“The British officer, assigned to guard the British border, used his position to pass drugs and arms into Britain in his work vehicle, using the tunnel that passes under the channel,” a source close to the investigation was quoted in Le Point magazine. 
“According to initial investigations, these drugs and arms were bought in Belgium and the trafficking has been going on for several months,” the source added. 
Eight more people were then arrested in Kent in southeast England and in London, six of whom have been charged with conspiracy to import firearms and drugs.
The remaining two were released on bail pending further investigation.
“This operation has brought together law enforcement from both sides of the Channel, and we believe we have prevented the importation of a significant quantity of class A drugs and firearms to the UK,” said Dave Hucker, head of the NCA's anti-corruption unit.