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Taxation - Double earner - minumum salary?


My wife and I live in Basel Stadt with two kids. We got B-permit so I pay withholding tax or 'Quellensteur' 10% straight from my salary every month (married - single earner). My wife is now looking for a part time job and plans to work a few hours (5-8 hours) per week (e.g. 500-1000 CHF/month) on average.

However from other threads in this forum and online tax calculators I fear that my wife earnings will be less that the increase in my withholding tax: We will be registered as double earners which will results in 50% increase in my withholding tax (from 10% to 15%, thus 500-1000CHF approximately less paid per month)

Taxable income (per year) CHF 125,000
Civil status married
Number of children 2
Double earner NO : Taxes per year 11,437
Double earner YES : Taxes per year 18,761

That is an increase of 7324 CHF a year just for being double earners (with no or minor income from spouse) !

So I would like your advise on the following:

1) Is there a minimum income for my wife before we are registered as double earners? Or will any income of result in double earner status meaning that she needs to earn at least 7324chf/year (from example above) in order not to actually pay for going to work?

2) Can we deduct more as double earners and then somehow get the 'lost' 500-1000CHF/month back by completing tax declaration form by the end of the year? Other advantages ?

3) Would it be worth contacting an accountant/tax advisor? If yes - Any recommendations for Basel Stadt?

3) Should my wife simply just accept 'working for kind of free/fun' or simply not start working and be at home since this is 'normal' in Switzerland?

Thanks in advance.
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