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Old 04.05.2008, 23:47
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Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

I will be relocating to Zurich in July. I am married with two children but my family may not join me. For Swiss tax purposes, would I be classified as a married or single person? I am assuming that I will be able to claim tax relief for my two children or am I wrong to assume this?

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Old 04.05.2008, 23:51
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Good question, but I am puzzled why you think that you would get tax relief for your children?
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Old 05.05.2008, 00:03
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Played with a couple of CH tax calculators that give you the option to enter the number of children that a person has. The tax relief is good and would work in my favour as I will still be supporting my family financially in the UK.
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Old 05.05.2008, 00:06
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Do fill your current status….it makes a big difference tax wise if you are married with two children. It does not mater were your family is located.
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Old 05.05.2008, 00:10
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Do fill your current status….it makes a big difference tax wise if you are married with two children. It does not mater were your family is located.
Interesting from Pascal - However I would imagine from the Swiss side that the children would have to be in CH to get this relief, I may however be wrong. Also from a Swiss perspective, your wife and children would be covered by UK benefits, how good or maigre they are.
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Old 05.05.2008, 00:20
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

When you are asked to fill in your status they also ask you to fill your wife’s and children’s address.

Thus you are obliged to do so and then it is decided what kind of relief you will get depending on that information as well as your type of permit.
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Thanks for your help.
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Old 05.05.2008, 12:59
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When you are asked to fill in your status they also ask you to fill your wife’s and children’s address.

Thus you are obliged to do so and then it is decided what kind of relief you will get depending on that information as well as your type of permit.
So it is not a done deal until you submit the forms and then the decision could go either way depending upon circumstances and canton. Different cantons make also take a different view.
Mountbikert Just out of interest are you planning to get employed by a Swiss company?
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

I'll be employed by an international US corporate with it's EMEA HQ in Zurich.

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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

It would certainly pay to talk to a tax expert. If your wife and children are living elsewhere you may also be able to deduct some expenses related to keeping a second household afloat and the cost of travelling between the two.

Also, something else I appreciate is the fact that you get to deduct more as the kids grow older (and need more) and remain in full-time education.

Definitely worth talking to someone in the know....
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Old 05.05.2008, 16:13
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Thanks Snoopy.
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

Indeed - taking advice from a random internet person who can't get food in Lugano about your taxes is something I'd not do.

Look in the financial/tax forum for a recommendation for an accountant or tax consultant.
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Re: Taxed as Married or Single Person in CH

That was not very nice comment Lob...

I am just trying to help, I never said I am an expert but I have some accounting experience. Obviously if he needs expert opinion he would not ask random people.
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