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Old 20.03.2012, 20:31
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Military Tax Questions

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Military taxes are absolutely killing me (Dual national) - 3% of my revenue and it's always a nasty surprise at a tough time of the year!

I have two questions:

How long more will I have to pay it - I turned 30 this year and if I understand will be the last year that I pay it.

Secondly can I at least deduct last years payment against my tax declaration for 2010??

Tax in advance!

Mark
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:34
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Hello All!


Military taxes are absolutely killing me (Dual national) - 3% of my revenue and it's always a nasty surprise at a tough time of the year!

I have two questions:

How long more will I have to pay it - I turned 30 this year and if I understand will be the last year that I pay it.

Secondly can I at least deduct last years payment against my tax declaration for 2010??

Tax in advance!

Mark
I thought it was 32 now?

It keeps going down, it was 42 when I had to pay, and 60 or so before that!

No, you can't deduct them, they are in addition to any other taxes.

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Old 20.03.2012, 20:40
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I thought it was 32 now?

It keeps going down, it was 42 when I had to pay, and 60 or so before that!

No, you can't deduct them, they are in addition to any other taxes.

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Re: Military Tax Questions

Looks like I'm buggered on both sides so:

The information on this page:

http://www.estv.admin.ch/wehrpflicht...x.html?lang=fr

Suggests both 30 and 34 as numbers.

Absolute killer. Talking to them won't help I guess?
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3 years if live abroad lifetime in Switzerland ,just do the service it`s fun
I would have happily done it when I was 16 - I came to Switzerland for 6 months when I has 20 and they roped me in as I was in the process of leaving the country. Was on Military leave (what BS) for 8 years and came back - since then they've been killing me - 3% is huge...
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:43
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Looks like I'm buggered on both sides so:

The information on this page:

http://www.estv.admin.ch/wehrpflicht...x.html?lang=fr

Suggests both 30 and 34 as numbers.

Absolute killer. Talking to them won't help I guess?
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:47
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I would have happily done it when I was 16 - I came to Switzerland for 6 months when I has 20 and they roped me in as I was in the process of leaving the country. Was on Military leave (what BS) for 8 years and came back - since then they've been killing me - 3% is huge...
Afghanistan or Iraq will do that
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Afghanistan or Iraq will do that
Already left one country because of that made up war. I feel that if the tax was either deducted at source or integrated as a federal tax I probably wouldn't notice as much, but that one just eats my savings every year.
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Old 20.03.2012, 22:36
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Couldn't you do the civil service thing instead?
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Old 21.03.2012, 08:45
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3 years if live abroad lifetime in Switzerland ,just do the service it`s fun
No, it's 30 or 34 in CH now, better than 42 ten years ago.

Seems 30 is if you are incapable of serving, up to 34 otherwise, they seem unclear.

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Yes, but you would need to do at least two weeks/year (you get rebated 10%/day)

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Old 21.03.2012, 09:04
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Re: Military Tax Questions

If you join your local Fire Brigade for volunteer service or do your Zivilschutz duty you can offset the military taxes down to zero. Every able bodied male has that option. Ask at your town hall.
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Old 21.03.2012, 11:06
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If you join your local Fire Brigade for volunteer service or do your Zivilschutz duty you can offset the military taxes down to zero. Every able bodied male has that option. Ask at your town hall.
Apparently I have a place available for me at the former - I just need to improve my ability to understand Swiss German - when shouted at me - in an emergency situation.
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Apparently I have a place available for me at the former - I just need to improve my ability to understand Swiss German - when shouted at me - in an emergency situation.
You're a damn foreigner, we wouldn't want you extinguishing our superior grade fires
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Old 21.03.2012, 11:29
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You're a damn foreigner, we wouldn't want you extinguishing our superior grade fires
You are aware that the only fires you have in Switzerland are started (deliberately) by Auslaenders.
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Old 21.03.2012, 12:23
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Military taxes are absolutely killing me (Dual national)
Would help konwing which other nationality you have and how long you've been or are planning on staying in Switzerland...
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Would help konwing which other nationality you have and how long you've been or are planning on staying in Switzerland...
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to follow up to my question and sorry for not providing all the required information.

I'm Irish with a Swiss mother.

I lived in Ireland until the age of 21, I came to Switzerland for a period of 6 months while looking for work - I registered with OCP etc - and at this time was convoked by the Military. I was also offered a job in the US which I accepted and was placed on "leave" (age: 22). I returned in 2009 (age: 27) and have a job here now.

I have no problems in paying taxes to the state for whatever they require, however to be jumped upon with an extra tax which I morally disagree with is tough to swallow.

I'm registered in the canton of Geneve if that helps - I currently don't have plans to leave.

Thanks

Mark

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Old 21.03.2012, 12:38
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Re: Military Tax Questions

Military tax is the one tax that Swiss are required to pay, even if they don't live in Switzerland!

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Military tax is the one tax that Swiss are required to pay, even if they don't live in Switzerland!

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Old 21.03.2012, 16:46
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Well, as a Half-Irishman you are out of luck. Swiss-US dual citizens catch a break if they are only in Switzerland for up to 2 years.
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Re: Military Tax Questions

Am somewhat surprised you haven't been called up to do Civil Defence (Protection Civile) duties. Any days you serve there will reduce proportionally (I believe up to 14 days/year) your military taxes.
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