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Old 06.02.2008, 23:48
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B permit holder but no withholding tax

Hello All,
This is my first message here so hope I'm doing this right!

Please help! My girlfriend is British and a B-permit holder (recently obtained following a L permit) having started work in May 2007 in Fribourg (also living there). She is paid by the hour and the company does not hold back any tax (withholding tax) from her wages. The company does however deduct various contributions, according to her pay slip: AHV/IV/EO, ALV, NBU, KTG.

I understand it is a bit odd that the company do not deduct withholding tax given that she is a B-permit holder. Any comments? Has she done anything wrong?!

She has not received a tax form through the post yet and is wondering when she can expect this? If it does not appear soon should she get in contact with someone? I am quite concerned that the 1st March deadline for tax returns is not far away but from what I understand you need a tax form with a number in order to complete the tax return. Is this correct?

I have read what appears to be the correct tax web page for Fribourg:
but in the google translation (we are still learning French) there does not seem to be anything obvious to help.

Does anyone know a tax accountant in Fribourg who speaks English?

Thank you for any help with this.

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Old 07.02.2008, 07:51
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Re: B permit holder but no withholding tax

The company is in the wrong unless the expected salary is over 120K (some Kantons only) and they have applied for an exception or your girlfriend has not and is not expected to exceed 180 days in Switzerland in the tax year and she has remained registered for tax in another country or the company has applied for and got an exception for some other reason (small companies, for example, can claim the overhead involved in collecting the tax is too much - accepted rarely).

The tax form will lead to a tax bill roughly equal to the amounts that would have been deducted.
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Thanks very much for the info swissbob. Much appreciated.
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