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Re: Which German-speaking cantons [lowest tax]?

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If you are subject to Quellensteuer (source-tax), i.e., earning less than CHF 120'000 p.A., then the canton is more important than the specific community in the canton.
And if you are not subject to Quellensteuer but rather normal taxation, be aware that in SZ it is only the Höfe Gemeinden that are truly low tax. The March Gemeinden are low-ish but not as attractive as Höfe, and the rest of the communities in the canton are middle of the road, tax-wise.

HOWEVER - there is more to life, and financial planning, than tax rates. Very broadly speaking, SZ can offer lower taxes because it follows a 'user pays' model. So you might find that you pay for services here that might be subsidized through taxation to a greater extent elsewhere.

Also consider housing costs. There is a general rule of thumb that the lower the tax rate the higher the rent.

This sort of runs true in my Gemeinde for luxury flats. However, because my village once was a small farming community, now transitioned into a Steuerparadis dormitory suburb where the demand is for villas and luxury terraces, there are still some bargains to be found among older, smaller, unmodernized, simple flats because they are not what the typical resident wants these days. (Not houses, though - houses will cost a mint regardless of the condition or size.)

Also think of transportation. Out here there is good train transportation into Zürich HB twice an hour if you travel 'normal' times. If you need to travel to the city in the very early hours, or if you travel around the area, you really do need a car. Or two, depending on family needs.

Just a heads up, that your cost of living is a lot more than your tax rate. Look at your whole budget.

But as always, YMMV.