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Fire Service Tax

Hello. Could anyone tell me if they have had any experience concerning the Fire Service Tax?

I understand it depends on which Canton you reside in and the amount even depends upon your yearly income and thus can change from year to year.

The query obviously would concern someone who does not participate in the Fire Service and is hence charged. Moreover I believe that it is not even enough to be in receipt of incapacity benefit (IV) to be exempt, nor is is enough to be an L- or a B-permit holder to be exempt (through not filing a tax return), meaning a B-permit holder who does not file a tax return and who is taxed at source, receives simply a bill in the post, to pay, for the amount due.

I haven't been able to find any information online about this and wondered maybe someone on the site here has some knowledge or knows where to find it. Sorry if this has been covered previously and I haven't seen it. I only came across this site recently. Thank you.
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Old 01.07.2015, 12:30
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Re: Fire Service Tax

The fire service charge is only for people of a military age, and who do not join the fire service. The charge is from the community.

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Old 01.07.2015, 12:33
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Re: Fire Service Tax

What exactly is your question? It's a tax, you have to pay it.

There's details here:

https://www.ag.ch/de/dfr/steuern/nat.../fwst_kst1.jsp

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Firemen and duty exemption tax

After firefighters law men and women are subject to firefighters in their commune of residence. Do they no fire service, they have to pay a duty exemption tax.

Exemptions

Persons serving active fire service
Persons who have not yet reached on 1 January of the tax year, the 19th year of age
Individuals who exceeded the mandatory age on 31 December of the previous year, that is usually the 44th year of age have completed
Persons who are unable to service due to obvious physical or mental infirmity
Persons who have become unfit for service by firefighters on duty caused circumstances (illness or accident)
For married people each half of the fee is effectively treated separately (one could do the service, you'd pay half).

Pregnency, single parent status etc are not exempted.
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Re: Fire Service Tax

Thank you for the link. Yes, Aargau is the canton where I now reside. In my previous canton I saw no charge for this in the tax decision.

I guess (from what you quoted), that it is irrelevant if one has a B- or a C- permit and that is the age that counts.

I have seen this in two different tax decisions (for two other people, this is not just for me to know personally) and the amounts were different. One was on a B-permit for the year in question, one a C-permit. The B-permit was only charged for this Fire Tax and nothing else.

My question though was really:

is it true that it is not enough to be in receipt of an IV-Rente to be exempt from this tax?

Despite "exempt from Fire Service" being ticked on the tax-return (this person receives incapacity benefit), the tax was still charged. The tax office know that the person receives an IV-Rente because this is the main income for that person. On the tax-return it is not specified that one has to attach a proof of exemption.
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Re: Fire Service Tax

So why not complain to the tax office?

Exemptions

Persons serving active fire service
Persons who have not yet reached on 1 January of the tax year, the 19th year of age
Individuals who exceeded the mandatory age on 31 December of the previous year, that is usually the 44th year of age have completed
Persons who are unable to service due to obvious physical or mental infirmity
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So why not complain to the tax office?

Exemptions

Persons serving active fire service
Persons who have not yet reached on 1 January of the tax year, the 19th year of age
Individuals who exceeded the mandatory age on 31 December of the previous year, that is usually the 44th year of age have completed
Persons who are unable to service due to obvious physical or mental infirmity
Thank you, I may indeed query it with the tax office in question. The amount concerned is Fr. 30.-- for this person for 2013 and it states that it is the minimum amount. Perhaps it is because the physical or mental infirmity is not obvious (without further intervention/clarification). Whether it can be refunded or corrected still I have yet to find out.
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The fire service charge is only for people of a military age, and who do not join the fire service. The charge is from the community.

Why not join up? Free language lessons, new mates to join for a drink, & if you are crap at fighting fires or climbing ladders, they won't call you out.

http://www.feuerwehr.ch/feuerwehren/aargau
I tried, never got a response and now I'm too old (just checked again and I'm not actually too old! Wahay gonna apply again )
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