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Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

I'm looking for a good company or person who completes tax returns for you in the Basel region. Any recommendations?
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Old 03.01.2014, 13:42
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

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I'm looking for a good company or person who completes tax returns for you in the Basel region. Any recommendations?
If you use the search function, you will see this exact question comes on a regular basis.
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Old 03.01.2014, 13:49
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Old 03.01.2014, 13:52
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

This Basel based firm - http://colfina.ch/englishclients/index.html - has been recommended by multiple EFers on a variety of threads regarding accountants for tax return completion.

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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

I used colfina before but now use this guy.
http://www.aesch.bl.ch/de/m/#_Detail.../details/19870

He worked for the basel tax office for 20 years so knows all the tricks.
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

Hello,
I have looked for several tax / legal companies/consultants/advisors. As we are planning to work and live in Switzerland, the initial requirement/question was for help to set-up a local Swiss company or if registering as an individual (with B Permit etc) would be better. So we sought out to look for best quotes for a tax/legal company to help us.

Based on a few exchanges via email with one company, it was determined that it is better to register as an individual and not set-up our own company. Based on this, we decided we did not need the services of the tax company and informed them of our decision. Now the tax company is charging us for services rendered for several hours at 150CHF per hour. Is this fair and legal considering we were asking for a quote for their service, we have not even been informed of their hourly rate and now we are being billed for it?

Appreciate to know which thread to follow / review as the situation is upsetting and I am not sure where else to go. Asking another tax company might result in more fees to pay.

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Now the tax company is charging us for services rendered for several hours at 150CHF per hour. Is this fair and legal considering we were asking for a quote for their service, we have not even been informed of their hourly rate and now we are being billed for it?
Charging a fee for a quote is becoming more and more common in Switzerland. Often the quotation fee is waived or rolled into the final price if one hires the company, but charged to you if you decide not to use their services.

A bit hard to get one's head around if you come from a country where coming up with a quote is simply part of the cost of doing business .

If you go through fine print in the AGBs you might find that such a fee is referenced.

You can always try to negotiate a reduced fee - nothing ventured, nothing gained.

But more importantly, learn from this going forward and always ask first in writing about the cost of a quote before discussion gets underway.




(One wonders if soon there might be a fee for asking if there is a fee... turtles all the way down.)

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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

Thank you Meloncollie. Appreciate your insight and I move forward with the knowledge that I have not been completely scammed. Lesson learned. Ouch!
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

Quick and simple question: Do I need to include ALL supporting documents (e.g. receipts, bank statements, etc) for my tax return in Basel or is this something that we provide only upon request?
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Old 05.07.2015, 01:23
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

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Quick and simple question: Do I need to include ALL supporting documents (e.g. receipts, bank statements, etc) for my tax return in Basel or is this something that we provide only upon request?
Just statements of interest, they usually will believe what you tell them & won't ask for any documentation. In 15 years I only ever had 1 question that was resolved in 5 minutes.
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Old 05.07.2015, 07:43
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Re: Hiring company/person to complete tax return in Basel

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Quick and simple question: Do I need to include ALL supporting documents (e.g. receipts, bank statements, etc) for my tax return in Basel or is this something that we provide only upon request?
For BL, first my accountant included photocopies of all relevant documentation, so now I do it myself I do the same. The tax return software indicates what documentation is relevant (I've checked, and this is true for BS). From memory I send yearly tax statements from bank accounts, receipts for house maintenance (when I'm not claiming the inclusive allowance), for example.
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