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I'm wondering if any of you can personally recommend someone to help an expat with their taxes. I've seen a couple of ads here on EF, and contacted them. While I wait for a reply from either I'd like to know if any of you have used such a service and what your experience was.
To be clear, I'm a Canadian living and working full-time in Zürich. I have an ordinary position at a communication agency and earn under CHF 100'000 per year.
Does it make any sense for me to even consider going this way?
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You can download the Zürich tax software, enter your earnings and your savings and see what tax you have to pay. On a C permit you are oblidged to file, so you gotte do it. http://www.steueramt.zh.ch/internet/.../software.html
There's a tax guide in English to help you through it. http://www.steueramt.zh.ch/internet/...1_neues-CD.pdf
If you have just one job, a couple of local bank accounts and nothing overseas, have no spouse or children, then it is easy. So easy you can use the simplified forms. Heck, for a beer or two I'd come around and show you!
If you have overseas property, have family, dependent children or others, make zillions of donations, have health problems that cost a fortune, hold loads of shares in companies all around the world, earn pension money, won the lottery, then it all gets more involved.... because you have to document what your situation is.
For a simple straightforward case, you can start and finish the tax return in the same evening, including taking notes for next year. That's assuming your documentation is in order!