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Old 28.06.2020, 15:23
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Re: Massive increase in tax due to filing a declaration

The rules are quite clear.


Our tax got seriously messed up by our employer many years ago, when we first arrived in Switzerland.



As the Cantonal tax office person advised (he was very compassionate and knowledgeable) - you won't end up paying more than a local swiss person. Moving from tax at source to having to do a tax return simply means you end up paying the same as a local swiss citizen.



In the end, if you are a low income earner, the difference will be very small or not at all. If you are a high income earner, you will pay more, and your capacity to do that is clearly higher as well.


It is quite possible that one or both employers have not deducted the correct rate of tax-at-source. That was also part of our problem (we are 'no church tax' but somehow the tax office had us as 'church tax' when we moved from source-only to -tax-return- that also had to be corrected.


It was a mess, but the Swiss are very big with the rules, and our tax agent does not charge us anything for basic confirmation advice (yes, this is correct, no, this is not correct), and we pay them once a year less than 300chf to do the 'household' tax return.
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