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Re: A quick question about taxes

have you registered? For Konfession, say "keine". Enjoy the sleep-in on Sunday and the extra money
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Enjoy the sleep-in on Sunday and the extra money
Would be nice but those bloody church bells wake you up
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I'm single and not married. Here in Zurich since 9 days.

Are you saying that whether I change this now I will have to pay anyway more than 1000 CHF for this fiscal year as church taxes??



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Exactly that. But step out now or you will be repeating the "donation" next year and you could be donating it the forum instead...
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Yes I've registered yesterday, and they have put me as a Catholic. Now I want to change this because of the tax issue, but I don't know if possible.

Is there a number that I can call where possibly I can speak english with the operator and ask this info?


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Re: A quick question about taxes

call the office you registered in and say you misunderstood. Speak Italian, you'll have no problems
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Yes I've registered yesterday, and they have put me as a Catholic. Now I want to change this because of the tax issue, but I don't know if possible.

Is there a number that I can call where possibly I can speak english with the operator and ask this info?


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Go quickly to the town hall and tell them that you are not a Catholic and this is a mistake and you have just realised. You MIGHT get away with it but otherwise you are paying for the year. Church tax is levied on the year and when you say I am a believer that is you done for that year. Hence RUN...
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Yes, I ran, and it seems that in the end I made it Called in a flash the kreisburo and the operator gently modified the faith on the fly since I just registered yesterday, and said it was not a problem for her.

Italian.. people here seem to prefer to speak english.

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Yesterday I had a funny episode: here at UBS they are promoting a "diversity program" (they call it so) to promove the knowledge of different cultures etc inside the company, and there was a guy distributing depliants about this. The name in the plate he had on his shirt was clearly italian (both name & surname). Me and another italian colleague asked him in english whether he speaks italian and, while initially he started to speak italian (and the accent was the right one) he suddendly interrupted asking "Do you speak english?". We were a little bit surprised of this immediate language change, and we said "Well yes, we do speak english"... and then he finished the conversation with a few more english words.

His english was pretty poor and he would have had certainly a better go with italian; however, he seemed to be ashamed by revealing his nationality. When I find italian-expats abroad I always speak italian with them because it's nice to feel a little bit "at home" with people of your same country, unless there are other people in the group of different nationalities and then I stick with the English.

But hiding your heritage in front of your accent and name does sound really stupid...


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Yes, I ran, and it seems that in the end I made it Called in a flash the kreisburo and the operator gently modified the faith on the fly since I just registered yesterday, and said it was not a problem for her.
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No problem for her, but eternal hellfire awaits you now....
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Hi guys, Does this church tax only relate to christians? I am moving to Zurich soon and am Jewish. If I declare this as my religion will I still have to pay tax?

Also, I thought (or is it Germany) that you did not have to state your religion anymore?

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Hi guys, Does this church tax only relate to christians? I am moving to Zurich soon and am Jewish. If I declare this as my religion will I still have to pay tax?

Also, I thought (or is it Germany) that you did not have to state your religion anymore?

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It's not a state reigion in Switzerland. Catholics and Protestants pay it all others pay nothing. It's a sort of 'after-life insurance'....
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Yesterday I just made the same "mistake". I was baptized when I was a baby so I said: "Well I was baptized so that must make me a catholic but I never go to church nor do I follow the religion".

So the very friendly girl at the Kreisburo goes "It doesn't really matter I just type in Catholic".

And now I got to pay church taxes???? No way, I actually see the catholic church is an organized gang of child molesters so I'm very strong against giving any money to those people.

Tomorrow morning I just go to Kreisburo and ask them to change my religions views to Agnostic, which is really what I am but I just didn't recalled the term and I thought it "didn't really mattered"

The girl should have informed me about the consequence of my religion choice and not say "it doesn't matter". Not cool
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Just went to the Kreisburo and everything was very easy. I just said "I'm not Catholic, I don't have a religion" and the girl just change it on the fly!
Uff, what a relief, I don't mind paying taxes whatsoever, but for religious purposes just drives me
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Yes, I ran, and it seems that in the end I made it Called in a flash the kreisburo and the operator gently modified the faith on the fly since I just registered yesterday, and said it was not a problem for her.

Italian.. people here seem to prefer to speak english.

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Yesterday I had a funny episode: here at UBS they are promoting a "diversity program" (they call it so) to promove the knowledge of different cultures etc inside the company, and there was a guy distributing depliants about this. The name in the plate he had on his shirt was clearly italian (both name & surname). Me and another italian colleague asked him in english whether he speaks italian and, while initially he started to speak italian (and the accent was the right one) he suddendly interrupted asking "Do you speak english?". We were a little bit surprised of this immediate language change, and we said "Well yes, we do speak english"... and then he finished the conversation with a few more english words.

His english was pretty poor and he would have had certainly a better go with italian; however, he seemed to be ashamed by revealing his nationality. When I find italian-expats abroad I always speak italian with them because it's nice to feel a little bit "at home" with people of your same country, unless there are other people in the group of different nationalities and then I stick with the English.

But hiding your heritage in front of your accent and name does sound really stupid...


Fabio
I've experienced something similar with Spanish in the USA. Okay my Spanish is not so good but I get by and only by practicising does it get better (it also gets better after a couple of beers). So in the USA when I meet with somebody with a hispanic sounding name and who is obviously struggling with English I try to help out by switching to Spanish but they almost always continue to reply in English. It's as if they don't want people speaking their language. This seems to me to be in total contrast to Spain where people are very happy when you speak Spanish to them.
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I've experienced something similar with Spanish in the USA. Okay my Spanish is not so good but I get by and only by practicising does it get better (it also gets better after a couple of beers). So in the USA when I meet with somebody with a hispanic sounding name and who is obviously struggling with English I try to help out by switching to Spanish but they almost always continue to reply in English. It's as if they don't want people speaking their language. This seems to me to be in total contrast to Spain where people are very happy when you speak Spanish to them.
They are probably trying to integrate, and practice their English. They were probably doing you a favor
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Re: A quick question about taxes

I have the same problem, but it may be too late. I and my girlfriend registered three months ago as catholics and now we want to resign.

At the Kreisbüro they told us to write a resignation letter to our church. However our German is horrible, we really don't know what to write.

Do you know where I can find a template or something that just says "I'm X Y and I want to resign from your church because I have been erroneously registered as a catholic"?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Hey just wondering what you ended up doing about the church tax? How did it go ?
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I have the same problem, but it may be too late. I and my girlfriend registered three months ago as catholics and now we want to resign.

At the Kreisbüro they told us to write a resignation letter to our church. However our German is horrible, we really don't know what to write.

Do you know where I can find a template or something that just says "I'm X Y and I want to resign from your church because I have been erroneously registered as a catholic"?

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Hey just wondering what you ended up doing about the church tax? How did it go ?
Are there actually people still paying church tax? Where does that money actually go? Surely it only concerns Swiss nationals living here and who regularly go to church and/or are members!!
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Example letters:

http://www.frei-denken.ch/de/dienstl...ritt/#header-1

Important note: Keep a copy of this letter and specially of the reply letter in a safe place.
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Re: A quick question about taxes

Well in the canton of Vaud everyone pays church tax whether they like it or not, whatever religion they registered with in their commune. I believe the money is dished out to the three recognized religions to carry out certain tasks (I have no idea what those tasks might be).
I suspect the whole thing is anti-constitutional but I don't know if anyone has had the courage to challenge the whole thing.
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Well in the canton of Vaud everyone pays church tax whether they like it or not, whatever religion they registered with in their commune. I believe the money is dished out to the three recognized religions to carry out certain tasks (I have no idea what those tasks might be).
I suspect the whole thing is anti-constitutional but I don't know if anyone has had the courage to challenge the whole thing.
You have to state that you do not have a religion, then you don't pay the tax.
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