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Taxation bracket - unmarried couple with children

We are no longer taxed at source, so have been trying to sort out our taxes. Both working, unmarried with children. I thought it would be a matter of indicating our situation to the tax office, and they'd do the calculations and tax us as appropriate/or equally. But apparently not....we have to decide ourselves how we're going to declare the number of children, since we both can't declare the same child
On what I presume is a separate issue, can we do our tax declaration for the year together, or has it to be done separately?
Has anyone experience of this situation that they can share, and help me get my head around it!
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We are no longer taxed at source, so have been trying to sort out our taxes. Both working, unmarried with children. I thought it would be a matter of indicating our situation to the tax office, and they'd do the calculations and tax us as appropriate/or equally. But apparently not....we have to decide ourselves how we're going to declare the number of children, since we both can't declare the same child
On what I presume is a separate issue, can we do our tax declaration for the year together, or has it to be done separately?
Has anyone experience of this situation that they can share, and help me get my head around it!
I think you can only do a joint tax return if you are married. So you'll need to do separate ones and one person declare the children.
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Re: Taxation bracket - unmarried couple with children

Depending on the how paternity has been established, it may be assumed that the children are under the custody of the mother...

https://www.ch.ch/en/how-acknowlede-paternity/

I would suggest speaking to a tax advisor. They can probably clarify the rules and also maximise your tax deductions...
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Re: Taxation bracket - unmarried couple with children

As an unmarried couple you have to fill in separate tax forms... and obviously you can't both claim the tax allowances for your children, so you need to decide who's going to 'claim' for them.
As the your tax rating depends on loads of things (salary, other claimable allowances) it's probably best that you see an accountant or tax advisor; at least for the first year or two.

It's not a judgement of the fact you're unmarried, simply that you can't both claim for them.... divorced couple with children have a similar tax dilemma.
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