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How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declaration?

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When you fill in the tax declaration – it takes sometimes 2 years until everything is settled and ‘definitiv’ by Staads, Gemeinde and Bund. If you paid in all the ‘remaining’ bills – then that tax year is finished.

BUT: What happens if you figure out that the tax declaration was maybe not correct – and you ‘think’ you have paid too much tax that year (way back). Can you then go back to the Steueramt and ask them to have a look again a few years later - or is it not possible after you have paid the
'Schlussabrechnung'?

I know that in some countries you can ‘correct’ already done tax declarations 5 years back – but how is it in Switzerland?

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Hi,
When you fill in the tax declaration – it takes sometimes 2 years until everything is settled and ‘definitiv’ by Staads, Gemeinde and Bund. If you paid in all the ‘remaining’ bills – then that tax year is finished.

BUT: What happens if you figure out that the tax declaration was maybe not correct – and you ‘think’ you have paid too much tax that year (way back). Can you then go back to the Steueramt and ask them to have a look again a few years later - or is it not possible after you have paid the
'Schlussabrechnung'?

I know that in some countries you can ‘correct’ already done tax declarations 5 years back – but how is it in Switzerland?

Thanks,
Swisson
It's states on the 'Schlussabrechnung" that you have 30 days to appeal.
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Re: How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declarati

Thanks for the reply fatmanfilms,
My problem is that I have already paid the 'Schlussabrechnung' - and I would like to have a (potential) correction for the tax year 2009 - but do you imply that it is not possible to do anything after the 30 days after receiving (and paying...) the 'last' bill?

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Thanks for the reply fatmanfilms,
My problem is that I have already paid the 'Schlussabrechnung' - and I would like to have a (potential) correction for the tax year 2009 - but do you imply that it is not possible to do anything after the 30 days after receiving (and paying...) the 'last' bill?

Thanks,
Swisson
i just got a bill for 7000chf for 2009 because they got their calculation wrong (the tax office) when i got a refund for 2009 in 2010. whats particularly galling is they charged me interest on it as well.

same as UK. this happened fully 5 years after my decleration was supposedly processed and closed they asked for 3.5k gbp and added 5 years if interest. thieveing gypsy bastards.

ive never done it the other way round though. i would wager its not as easy.
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Re: How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declarati

It might only work one way.

I also had a problem with my 2009 Bern tax calculation, they discovered an error in my favour and wanted another CHF 600,--from me, as they had refunded me too much in 2011.

I went and told them that in my opinion "Definitiv" is defined as final, and they can't have any more money from me. No they said, the State can claim tax back for 5 years after the "Definitiv" decision.
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It might only work one way.

I also had a problem with my 2009 Bern tax calculation, they discovered an error in my favour and wanted another CHF 600,--from me, as they had refunded me too much in 2011.

I went and told them that in my opinion "Definitiv" is defined as final, and they can't have any more money from me. No they said, the State can claim tax back for 5 years after the "Definitiv" decision.
i know its 7 years in the UK...
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Re: How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declarati

OK – thanks all for replies.
So – the state can claim back tax from me up to 5 years back – but does it work the same way around? Because my view is that I paid too much tax for the year 2009. Do I have the right to let them (Steueramt Zurich) check again? Is there a specific form to fill in for this or can I just call them?
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Re: How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declarati

I don't think that is possible, as I have already stated. But you can always ask them can't you?
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Re: How long time back can you apply for corrections to an already done tax declarati

I emailed the tax office recently as well as an accountant. Both said no, that the deadline for each year must be respected and you can't get a correction later. But like many things in Switzerland, sometimes things can still happen depending on who looks at your case.
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