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Old 27.02.2008, 21:25
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Re: Postdoc tax question

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Hi Everyone,

I'm a UK citizen and I've been offered a postdoc position at a Swiss university. Having received a breakdown of my proposed salary I noticed that I'm expected to pay income tax and impôts à la source (withholding tax?). This takes the overall deductions to around 28%. Would you say this is about right?

Can someone explain to me what the impôts à la source is and if it's levied only on overseas workers?

Hi! There is a page on explaining what are taxes at the source on income for foreigners. The amount of tax you will pay at the end of year depends however strongly on the cantonal tax rate. There are "tax friendly" cantons like Zürich, Zug or Schwyz, and tax hells like Uri, Bern, Jura, etc... Have a look at this comparison:
The difference is quite huge!
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