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Old 01.08.2015, 18:08
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Question about lunch allowances

Hi all

I've read all about it here and I understand that if a company is offering a meal allowance then it really depends on what the employer has agreed with the taxman whether it is tax free or not.

I have an offer and 2% of the salary I was told turns out to be a lunch allowance. Now this can be one of 2 things:

1) If it's tax free that's awesome because I get more cash.
2) If it's not tax free then I basically gain nothing. On the contrary if I get a 5% bonus/raise then this amount will not be considered so it's worse. It would be better to get it all as salary.


My question is: for those of you with meal allowances in your contract, is it tax free or not?


To me this just seems like an easy way to save money in the future by cutting an allowance instead of reducing your salary which looks worse. This is in Zurich by the way.

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Old 01.08.2015, 18:26
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Re: Question about lunch allowances

Normal allowed tax deduction for lunch is about 3200 iirc . don't expect a 5% raise 1% or less is more likely, even 0 due to 0 inflation.
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If it's not tax free then I basically gain nothing. On the contrary if I get a 5% bonus/raise then this amount will not be considered so it's worse. It would be better to get it all as salary
Check with your HR/payroll team, but allowances like this may also not be considered when it comes to 2nd pillar contributions (calculated as a % of salary).
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Old 04.08.2015, 14:30
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Re: Question about lunch allowances

If you get free, or reduced priced, lunches at work, then you cannot claim a meal allowance tax reduction on your annual personal tax declaration, because the company has an arrangement with the tax authority. Does that answer your question?
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If you get free, or reduced priced, lunches at work, then you cannot claim a meal allowance tax reduction on your annual personal tax declaration, because the company has an arrangement with the tax authority. Does that answer your question?
You can here. The tax form has two possibilities for claiming a meal allowance tax reduction.

Option 1 : subsidised lunch = 7.50 chf per day deduction allowed
Option 2 : non subsidised lunch = 15 chf per day deduction allowed
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If you get free, or reduced priced, lunches at work, then you cannot claim a meal allowance tax reduction on your annual personal tax declaration, because the company has an arrangement with the tax authority. Does that answer your question?
Incorrect, you get a smaller allowance (50%) as the canteen is just subsidised & not free, otherwise it would be unfair for those without a subsidised canteen.
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