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Re: FAQ: A brief guide to salaries in Switzerland

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You should still file a tax return, or do the exercise, as you might be owed money back, especially if you have a bonus or 13th month salary.
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I also deliberately only addressed the most straight-forward quellensteuer situations. If someone wants to learn more about filing an optional tax return even if their income is >120k, or if they live in one of the cantons where tax is not withheld even on a B-permit if the income is over 120k, for example. they'll need to dive into the more specific threads.

The advice on here should cover the situation that applies to 95% of people without delving into the huge complexities that will only affect a few uncommon situations.
As I said above, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Someone who is trying to figure out what the right salary is for a job probably doesn't need to know about the +/- 5% tax that could possibly be reclaimed by filing an optional tax return. They'll ask that question after they've already taken the job, received their first month's pay and relocation bonus all in one month, then been hit with a 35% quellensteuer deduction on their first paycheque!
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