We are Canadians living in Basel. We have been here for 2 years and I am on a B permit - taxed at source with no "official" Swiss tax filing or return, just a salary certificate.
We have kept financial and property ties to Canada and tried to be good, upstanding citizens by filing our taxes as best as we could. We ended up getting the wrong advice from the Canadian Revenue Agency and are now well into a year long battle with them.
At this point the CRA is claiming that that Canada will not honour our Pillar 1 Swiss deductions as they only use gross foreign income. This is really confusing to us as an equivalent deduction for CPP would be allowed if I was working in Canada.
I found this information but I'm worried it only applies to Swiss working in Canada - http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/nnrsdnts...#_Toc285702829
I can't find any equivalent information from Switzerland. It seems too unfair to be the case that Canada would disallow a deduction that is mandatory in Switzerland and that is equivalent to one that they domestically allow.
Long story but can anyone recommend a good accountant or tax attorney who knows about the Canada/Switzerland treaty and can help us to unravel this?
On another vote - Canadian expats, please consider exercising your right to vote in the upcoming federal election. Harper really needs to leave.