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Old 18.02.2015, 18:15
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France to Germany (working in Swiss) Tax Question

Dear All,

I know there is a lot of speculation about the high taxes in Germany so I am wondering if anyone has any real experience.

I am fed up living in France and am willing to pay a bit more to get out but might reconsider if it's truly ALOT more as so many say.

From what I have read and with the new french law on state health insurance I'm really not sure it would be that much more.

Can anyone provide any personal experience on the issue.

BTW before the suggestion is provided Swiss would be my first choice but I am Canadian and although I've been working here since 2007 can not obtain a permit to live.

Thanks in advance all!
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Re: France to Germany (working in Swiss) Tax Question

Complex issue. It depends a lot on your situation (children, married, single...). The only way to know is to ask a tax expert in Germany to make a calculation. It's the first thing I did before making the move. I didn't have to pay for it, but after the move, he expected me to come back to him for the real taxes. Which I did.
If you don't speak German, ask specifically if they can deal with English.

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Re: France to Germany (working in Swiss) Tax Question

I do have the experience of living and paying taxes in Germany, but I really couldn't help you understand if you would be better or worse off, because that really depends on your individual situation. The best way for you to figure that out is to get the 2014 tax forms from France and Germany and fill them out as a comparison. I do know that there are English instructions for the German forms on EF's German sister site called Toytown.

However, if you are Canadian and do not have citizenship in an EU country, you need to be aware that your visa allowing you to live in France probably* does not allow you to live in Germany. If you wanted to move, you would have to reapply for permission to reside within Germany.

*there is one specific kind of permanent residency card in Germany which gives the bearer much of the same rights as an EU citizen with regard to where they choose to live and work. These are rare, but I assume France probably also has something similar.
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Re: France to Germany (working in Swiss) Tax Question

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I am fed up living in France and am willing to pay a bit more to get out but might reconsider if it's truly ALOT more as so many say.
Hi Coralee
Sorry to derail your thread somewhat, I don't have any advice on tax in Germany. But we are thinking of moving to France, so was wondering what your main gripes were and what you think will be better in Germany?

Cheers
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