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Live In CH But Children Abroad: Tax / Child Allowance

Hi - simple questions probably answered somewhere else in the threads but I'm finding it hard to find them.

Living in: Vaud
Status: Separated but not legally (just living apart, may eventually divorce)
Child support: Paying CHF2.5k monthly agreed in foreign court proceedings (documented and formalized)
Children: 3, all under 12, living abroad

Questions:
- am I entited to any tax relief on the child support payments?
- do I really need to file as "single" (they are living abroad)
- do I get the child allowance for 3 kids (3 x CHF200) from my company or from the local government?

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Re: Live In CH But Children Abroad: Tax / Child Allowance

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Hi - simple questions probably answered somewhere else in the threads but I'm finding it hard to find them.

Living in: Vaud
Status: Separated but not legally (just living apart, may eventually divorce)
Child support: Paying CHF2.5k monthly agreed in foreign court proceedings (documented and formalized)
Children: 3, all under 12, living abroad

Questions:
- am I entitled to any tax relief on the child support payments?
- do I really need to file as "single" (they are living abroad)
- do I get the child allowance for 3 kids (3 x CHF200) from my company or from the local government?

Thanks!

srd6

WHICH country, it it in the EU?

1. yes, but you MUST have a court order
2. no, you are still married
3. from your company, but the agency will ask for proof that your wife is not claiming allowances in her country.
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Re: Live In CH But Children Abroad: Tax / Child Allowance

Hi,
Delighted to find this thread.
I am in a similar situation (however self employed and married. Living here, kids abroad with their Mum.
Do I need to complete specific paperwork for the AHV to reflect our change in family status?
If so, is it the E411 form on the AHV site?

My German is not brilliant, so difficultly finding out what I need to do on the paper work front.
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Re: Live In CH But Children Abroad: Tax / Child Allowance

google the E411 form - it is available in English.

My wife and family were living in Ireland (we were claiming there) and I also claimed here and the Swiss paid me their working out of the difference between the two payments. ie 2 kids in Ireland : 270 euro. 2 kids here (under school leaving age) 450 CHF. They paid me and extra 60 CHF a month! (450CHF - 270 euro doesn't come to 60 CHF in my calculations..).
You also have to renew the claim forms every year as the children are not here (I didn't do it in time and they took all the payments back in one go - so it was as well that they paid me so little).
Wife and kids are here now, and we have stopped claiming in Ireland and paid back the part we claimed when we were first here. Just awaiting payments to start here now.
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