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How quellensteuer is deducted?

I have a doubt regarding how to deduct quellensteuer when you do your tax calculations.

I know that quellensteuer is calculated against the full amount of your gross salary, while the normal tax I'll have to pay (I got the tax package from the tax office...) is calculated against the taxable income (=gross-deductions).

Now, I wonder if the amount of quellensteuer I've already paid to the tax guys must be treated like all the other deductions, i.e:

+ gross
- ahv
- pension plan, etc
- quellensteuer
= taxable income

or, on the contrary, if one should assume:

+gross
- ahv
- pension plan, etc
= taxable income
- "normal" tax rate
= amount of due tax
- already paid quellensteuer
= final amount of tax to be paid

There's quite a big difference in terms of final amount of due taxes with one system vs. the other...

thank you

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Old 23.07.2011, 00:22
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Re: How quellensteuer is deducted?

Quellensteuer IS the deducted tax, therefore option B.
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Re: How quellensteuer is deducted?

Yes that makes sense.

But this means that my tax account has been wrong.

Basically she has treated my quellensteuer as a deduction. She has made the calculations of due tax against the result of gross -deductions -quellensteuer

when I saw her calculation I almost fainted.
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Old 23.07.2011, 00:45
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Re: How quellensteuer is deducted?

Hi,

I agree on option B. Had to do the very same process last year.

Be aware that the offices dealing with normal taxes and tax at source sometimes do not talk to each other. In my case they forgot to take into account the Quellensteuer already paid and they send me a bill for several thousands of Swiss francs (including almost 1K for interests) which made me faint! It took almost three months an several phone calls but I finally got it right. I even received a refund and it took 1 week to get into the bank. I love the Swiss way. I am still waiting a refund for 2008 from the tax office of my own country
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