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Tax rates Zürich

As I was fresh off the boat back then, I used an accountant to help me complete my tax return for the 2010 tax year. I just received the figures back from the tax office and the figures deviate from those presented to me by my accountant. I'm not able to get hold of said accountant to have him explain himself. I'm trying to figure out if it's worthwhile to challenge the tax office on this. However, as far as I can tell, the accountant seems to have pulled some percentages out of his backside. As an example: in calculating the Gemeindesteuern for Zürich, he's taken 76% of the tax basis - whereas the tax office is of the opinion that you should use 119%. I had a chat with a couple of guys at the tax office who told me that "in Switzerland we speak German - eff off dodgy foreigner you!". The second person was a lot more helpful and told me that they always use 119% for Zürich.

I assume the lady at the tax office is right, but do we have any tax experts here who knows if one should ever use a percentage other than 119% when living in Zürich? i.e. is it worth finding another accountant who can tell me what the first accountant was thinking and possibly do battle with the tax office?

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Old 04.12.2012, 20:07
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Re: Tax rates Zürich

You can check the tax rates for the various communes (including Zurich city) here:

For Zurich city the rate is 119%, for Zumikon (and some other communes) the rate is 76%... did you tell your accountant exactly where you live in Zurich?

Just going by the postcode won't help you since it is the actual boundary of the commune which decides where you are taxed. In extreme cases the houses on one half of the street might belong to a different (lower-taxed) commune than those in the second half of the street...
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