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Old 28.02.2012, 23:35
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Thanks rob1.

My question still persists though. Can I get a discount on the amount of Quellensteuer I pay monthly if I pay/have a 3rd Pillar savings?

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No, but you can get a refund afterwards.

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Re: Tax as a foreigner

as above, you get a small refund maybe a year or 3 after you have paid
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I've also heard that it's possible to declare tax normally with a B permit.
I don't know if it works but I think I'll try and ask the Gemeinde where I'm currently living in to see if it's possible to declare income tax instead of having the Quellensteuer.
My case is that I want to have some benefits of having to declare tax, namely the Säule 3a discount up to 6k CHF.
I can't comment on your particular Canton. However, here in Geneva when you pay tax at source, you can still claim back the additional tax on your pillar 3a contributions. BTW, you can only reclaim before the end of this month, for 2011.
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Re: Tax as a foreigner

The amount of Quellensteuer withheld has to be determined by your employer, and he can't take your 3rd pillar contribution into consideration.
However, you can claim the deduction by filing a simplified tax return (due by the end of March).
Having said that, if you make more than Chf 120k/yr (higher in Gva), you have to file a complete tax return.
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Re: Tax as a foreigner

In my experience, it is more advisable (depending on how much you earn) to remain Quellensteuer as loooong as possible.

When I married and got my B-permit with my Swiss husband, I literally lost 11% of my income to taxes due to my new status. And we weren't even allowed to file as married the first year… that was just changing from Quellensteuer to "single Swiss" status.

The next year it got even more expensive in the married/double earning bracket. Keep those cheap taxes as long as you can!!
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However you can claim the 3rd pillar and can claim for supporting family members, you just need to form from the tax office
Yes, but... As part of my deal to come here, tax help from KPMG was included. Now I earn under the EF poverty threshold (i.e. less than 120k CHF), so I am Quellensteuer. However, I'd hear about filing a tax declaration to get back 3rd Pillar and Nursery monies so filled in the KPMG forums, sent copies of various paperwork etc.

Once ready, they sent me the completed return to take/post to my local Gemeinde (I'm in Kanton Zurich, but not city of Zurich) and also warned me that, because I earn less than 120k, the Gemeinde is not obliged to do a tax assessment for me. So if the Gemeinde cannot be bothered, then there's no way to get anything back...

So far heard nothing back from my Gemeinde (tax declaration was for 2010), not sure if it's worth me filing a claim for this year (3rd Pillar and Gemeinde childcare are the two big things I have).
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