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Old 01.10.2017, 13:05
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Any retired Aussies who pay tax on Australian pensions?

We have 3 types of pensions from Australia:

- public service pension (Comsuper)

- indexed pension with no access to a lump sum (Unisuper)

- flexi pensions that require us to take a minimum of 5% (over 65) per annum or we can convert to a lump sum, the money is invested in a profile of our choice with minimal fees as these are from non-for-profit industry funds (last year >10% growth which is much better than 2.6% from Term Deposits)

After reading the description of the Swiss system I guess the flexi pensions are equivalent to the 3rd tier. Except that in Australia we paid tax when we paid money into flexi pensions while working, on retirement they are exempt from any tax.

The Swiss-AU double tax treaty is the same as French-AU on the subject of public service pensions which states that a public service pension is only taxable in Australia and cannot be taxed in Switzerland.

So what happens to the tax on Unisuper and flexi pensions in Switzerland? And specifically in NE and VD cantons?

If you know an accountant familiar with Australian pensions I would appreciate a recommendation.
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