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Re: Massive increase in tax due to filing a declaration

My advice (having been through this) is to get a local tax agent to do the declarations for you.


The online calculators don't take into account your individual situation. The tax-at-source is based on a cantonal average, but your actual return is based on federal, state and local tax. It may be that you are in a higher tax area.


Also, there might be deductions that you can do - have you actually done your return ?



The other potential problem (been there, done that) is that one or both employers did not deduct Quellensteuer at the right level.


Either way, even if you do get a substantial bill, you can request to pay it in installments. But based on our experience, it's highly unlikely that 30% will be the actual difference.



Are you actuall required to fill a tax return ? I thought that it's required if one income earner gets a salary package that is over 100K, not combined.


The tax return allows you to claim some deductions - that's why the tax-at-source rate is somewhat lower, because it compensates in some way for the fact that at-source you can't claim deductions.
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