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Tax for a married couple living in different cantons

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I live in the canton of Vaud, my husband in Schwyz (since more than a year). We got married in October this year and around November/December we will both move to Schwyz. How are we going to be taxed for this year and later?
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Hello,
I live in the canton of Vaud, my husband in Schwyz (since more than a year). We got married in October this year and around November/December we will both move to Schwyz. How are we going to be taxed for this year and later?
Thanks!
Your location at 31.12.2014 will determine which authority is responsible for assessing/collecting your tax for that year. In your case it will be Schwyz. As far as I can see, you will be jointly assessed for the whole year in which you are married and all subsequent years. There is no attempt to treat you separately from 1.1.2014 until the date of the marriage.
(German) http://www.sz.ch/documents/stb_21_10.pdf para 53
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Re: Tax for a married couple living in different cantons

It also works that way here.

However, in some cantons it's the status on January 1 that counts.

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Your location at 31.12.2014 will determine which authority is responsible for assessing/collecting your tax for that year. In your case it will be Schwyz.
All right, but in this case, how do they handle differences in tax rates? I checked on comparis.ch that when I move from Vaud to Schwyz I will pay less taxes in general. If it's Schwyz who's responsible for collecting my and my husband's taxes for the whole year, how will it work with the tax that I overpaid so far in Vaud (I'm paying taxes at source)?
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All right, but in this case, how do they handle differences in tax rates? I checked on comparis.ch that when I move from Vaud to Schwyz I will pay less taxes in general. If it's Schwyz who's responsible for collecting my and my husband's taxes for the whole year, how will it work with the tax that I overpaid so far in Vaud (I'm paying taxes at source)?

When you are taxed at source and claim back you always run the risk of owing more. I left it alone when I moved from VD to FR just in case I had to pay more. Call the tax man in Vd . they will explain everything to you in detail
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It also works that way here.

However, in some cantons it's the status on January 1 that counts.

Tom
I believe that since the tax harmonisation c. 2000 it is now 31.12 across Switzerland: (DE/FR/IT) http://www.steuern-easy.ch/wissen/er...nderen-kanton/ .


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All right, but in this case, how do they handle differences in tax rates? I checked on comparis.ch that when I move from Vaud to Schwyz I will pay less taxes in general. If it's Schwyz who's responsible for collecting my and my husband's taxes for the whole year, how will it work with the tax that I overpaid so far in Vaud (I'm paying taxes at source)?
Good move choosing a husband in a low tax canton/community.
I believe it will work like this:
You will de-register from Vaud before 31.12.2014 and register with Schwyz.
Vaud will return all payments of tax you have already made for 2014 to you.
In March 2015, you and your husband will jointly receive a tax form from your community in Schwyz on which you will both enter all earnings etc. for the whole of 2014 and the tax you pay for 2014 will be based on the rates applicable for your community in Schwyz.
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