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Old 20.12.2010, 15:20
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For your individual case - because you choose to live in the most expensive town in the entire canton. End of story. Yes, you will pay much more when married and if you are earning enough as a double income couple, your tax advisor should give you one single recommendation: Move out of the city. Mine did and yes, I know what I am talking about... I just moved away from Zurich to a more tax efficient place.

Here is some fun tool to play around. We save nearly 50%.

http://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steue...vergleich.aspx
Well yes, I do know that living in Zürich is expensive and moving to a different town would reduce taxes. This would have been true before we got married as well.

What I am more talking about is the fact that living in one city... (which happens to be an expensive city) I was paying just 8% of my yearly salary for tax at source which has now changed to 13.8% of my salary for the rest of the year and will jump to 18.9% for married status.

Comparis doesn’t tell you the difference between tax-at-source and regular Swiss tax. I’m not sure that 8% jump to 13.8% could be avoided moving to Zumikon or wherever, because those days of tax-at-source are gone. And based on what you’re saying, I’m pretty sure that if I lived in the sticks and got married, I would still be moaning about losing tax-at-source. Was a nice deal while it lasted.
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Old 21.12.2010, 19:53
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Welcome to the Forum, was that your introduction?
Thanks a lot. Here is my introduction:
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Old 21.12.2010, 20:01
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Depends on if your wife works, how much you each earn, and if you make combined or separate tax declarations.

If one makes more than the other, and you do a combined declaration, then yes, you will save.

Tom
Because I am still doing my Ph.D. now, salary is bit of low considering the prices here. My wife is also a student, but without income. That's why I am eager to find out if they got too much tax from me.

Zurich city tax office asked me to fill out a form last month about income, marriage status and so on, but they did not give any feedback until now.
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Old 21.12.2010, 20:13
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

When I came here first I was married and only I was earning.

I earned about 400CHF per month more than another girl at work who was single.
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Old 21.12.2010, 21:17
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

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For your individual case - because you choose to live in the most expensive town in the entire canton. End of story. Yes, you will pay much more when married and if you are earning enough as a double income couple, your tax advisor should give you one single recommendation: Move out of the city. Mine did and yes, I know what I am talking about... I just moved away from Zurich to a more tax efficient place.

Here is some fun tool to play around. We save nearly 50%.

http://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steue...h/default.aspx
Cool, but best I can find is a 10% savings.

Tom
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Old 22.12.2010, 21:04
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

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For your individual case - because you choose to live in the most expensive town in the entire canton. End of story. Yes, you will pay much more when married and if you are earning enough as a double income couple, your tax advisor should give you one single recommendation: Move out of the city. Mine did and yes, I know what I am talking about... I just moved away from Zurich to a more tax efficient place.

Here is some fun tool to play around. We save nearly 50%.

http://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steue...h/default.aspx
My experience is that after marriage my costs increased & after divorce they decreased - tax was only a small factor here.
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

And your revenues increased after marriage and probably the assets too which surely you never wanted.
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My experience is that after marriage my costs increased & after divorce they decreased - tax was only a small factor here.
Were you a successful man?

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Old 23.12.2010, 11:39
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Were you a successful man?
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No failed there

You know the joke about
"somebody stole my wife's credit card. I did not report it because they were spending less than she did"

I never found it funny...
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

I am getting married back in the UK this Saturday and my fiancée and I by chance happened to have an appointment with an accountant today. They told us we would be paying 17K chf more when we are hitched! I honestly could have coughed up a lung.

We are now genuinely considering just having the party and doing non-binding vows of some sorts.

Our fault for not looking into it in more detail of course, but still feel like I've been kicked in the balls.
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Old 17.10.2011, 23:38
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Re: Tax reduction after marriage

Do the non binding vow and wait for the new legislation to kick in, whereby married couples will be taxed same as single individuals.

The new legislation has been drafted to eliminate the marriage tax penalty, which currently exists.
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Do the non binding vow and wait for the new legislation to kick in, whereby married couples will be taxed same as single individuals.

The new legislation has been drafted to eliminate the marriage tax penalty, which currently exists.
Hi, do you know when this legislation is due to kick in?
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Old 18.10.2011, 00:58
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Hi, do you know when this legislation is due to kick in?
Parliament is just setting up a committee to look into the situation and see how it could be fixed. This process could take up to a year, I would guess... So its a little while yet.
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