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Tax when moving to Switzerland from EU (income from both countries)

Hi everyone,

I have a strange question. This year I'm moving to Switzerland from Belgium. So for the fiscal year 2015, my income will be 7x Belgian Salary plus 4x Zurich Salary (1 month between jobs).

In Belgium, I visited the tax office and told them I'm leaving and they said "No problem, you will be taxed in Belgium for your income in Belgium, that is 7x Belgian Salary".

When I arrive in Zurich, should I declare also the salary I got from Belgium, or will I just be taxed for the salary I got in Zurich?

I will be paid with "withholding tax" system. How will they calculate that? Based on what I'll get in Zurich in the fiscal year (4x Zurich Salary), based on what I would have gotten in Zurich if I stayed for a whole year (12x Zurich Salary), or based on my real income (7x Belgian + 4x Zurich Salaries)?

I got a headache just explaining this...

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Tax when moving to Switzerland from EU (income from both countries)

You're liable for tax from the day you arrive in Switzerland. The Swiss tax authorities won't be interested in what you earned before then. If you're on the witholding tax system then that's just calculated based on a formula. I guess they will convert your salary to a yearly equivalent to determine the tax rate but charge you obviously on the 4 months you actually earn.
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You're liable for tax from the day you arrive in Switzerland. The Swiss tax authorities won't be interested in what you earned before then. If you're on the witholding tax system then that's just calculated based on a formula. I guess they will convert your salary to a yearly equivalent to determine the tax rate but charge you obviously on the 4 months you actually earn.
So, the rate I'll be charged with will be based on a fictitious income? Thanks for the answer!
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Re: Tax when moving to Switzerland from EU (income from both countries)

No it's based on monthly income
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No it's based on monthly income
I get it, and it's fair I guess.

I just asked because in Belgium it's based on your annual income. For example, when I arrived in Belgium I started working in April. They were withholding tax monthly with a formula, as you said. However, at the end of that year they refunded me some money because my annual salary was lower (8*Salary instead of 12*Salary), thus the taxation rate was lower, hence the refund.

I was secretly hoping the same would happen in Zurich

Thanks for the info!
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Old 22.05.2015, 13:42
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I get it, and it's fair I guess.

I just asked because in Belgium it's based on your annual income. For example, when I arrived in Belgium I started working in April. They were withholding tax monthly with a formula, as you said. However, at the end of that year they refunded me some money because my annual salary was lower (8*Salary instead of 12*Salary), thus the taxation rate was lower, hence the refund.

I was secretly hoping the same would happen in Zurich

Thanks for the info!
Same happened to me when I left the UK, they gave me some money back. But the withholding tax seems to be calculated either monthly or they make a kind of pro rata calculation, so you definitely wont be getting tax back at this end too.
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I get it, and it's fair I guess.

I just asked because in Belgium it's based on your annual income. For example, when I arrived in Belgium I started working in April. They were withholding tax monthly with a formula, as you said. However, at the end of that year they refunded me some money because my annual salary was lower (8*Salary instead of 12*Salary), thus the taxation rate was lower, hence the refund.

I was secretly hoping the same would happen in Zurich

Thanks for the info!
Switzerland likes to be fair...... So you pay the same percentage as anyone else living in the same area, whilst resident.

I also suspect the Zurich tax is significantly less than you would pay in Belgium. Move to Basel, Bern or any French Canton & you will pay significantly more.
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