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Re: Tax Return on Permit B

If you submit a tax return, any idea how long it takes before you get a tax refund? (assuming you have been paying withholding taxes at source but your tax return is calculated at a lower tax rate)
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Re: Tax Return on Permit B

Upto a year .
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Re: Tax Return on Permit B

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Upto a year .
Or longer - I submitted our 2011 taxes in July 2012 and got the reconciliation in November 2013.
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Re: Tax Return on Permit B

Adding a very late response to this, that might be helpful for others looking this up.

You are able to check the percentage of tax you should be paying, either on your annual or monthly pay. As people have said here, it depends on each canton, so you need to look up the canton where you work or where you live (depending on how your employer processes it): in French speaking cantons search for impots a la source + bareme + (name of canton) [and forgive my spelling, the search engine will understand ;-)], in German speaking cantons search for Quellensteuer + [name of canton]. Somewhere on the official site there is usually a document of explanations that includes various pages with all tax brackets. Check what column you fall under (ie single, married, dependent kids, etc) and move down to either your monthly or annual salary. Important: check it is is the correct table for the right year as rates can sometimes change!

If you get paid a regular salary, the tax deduction should be the same from month to month; it varies when you have received an additional salary or a bonus or some other taxable payment through your salary; I understand the trend is to adjust any change in tax bracket in that month rather than adjusting all previous months retroactively, which might explain the differences some have posted above (but this part I am not sure of...). Again, a good pointer are the tax tables: control your salary for that month against the tax rate and it should give you a good direction.

And on the issue of tax at source vs tax return: I kept living in hope that I could get much more back by filing a tax return. So I had it checked by a tax expert in my canton and he said that I would be CHF200-300 better off by filing a return but that I should consider if the time and hassle would be worth it, so I left it at that. And note also that at least in my canton once you have opted once to file a return you cannot go back to the tax at source system, even if you later notice it is not in your favour.
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