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A little bit complicated tax case... ZH/abroad/double-earner?

Hi, I educated myself as much as I can after writing this thread, but I still got so many questions here.

We moved to Zurich from EU-country in the November, I'm working here in Zurich, permit B, witholding tax.

I came with my husband, who works remotely for his EU company, his company is taxing his income in our country (some kind of contract agreement)

We're married and both registered here, no kids.

1. As we came in November, our income from Jan - Nov is taxed in our country, do we have to show it on the tax return anyway? We weren't tax residents in CH then.

2. About income from November to December - is my husband's income taxable in CH? As I said he works remotely for his UE company.

3. When I do my tax return - should I use B (single earner) or C (double earner) tariff? I see huge difference in tax between those two tariffs.

Every help will be soo appreciated. Also maybe you can help me with some good tax consultant who knows his stuff in abroad income and avoiding double taxation.

Thank you so much in advance.
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Old 21.12.2018, 18:50
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Re: A little bit complicated tax case... ZH/abroad/double-earner?

Some comments:

1. As we came in November, our income from Jan - Nov is taxed in our country, do we have to show it on the tax return anyway? We weren't tax residents in CH then.

Response: As you are subject to source tax, you may or may not be required to file a tax return in CH. If you do submit a CH tax return, you will not normally need to disclose your income prior to arrival in CH.

2. About income from November to December - is my husband's income taxable in CH? As I said he works remotely for his UE company.

Response: as your husband appears to be tax resident in CH starting in November, his income is likely subject to CH taxation. He should also seek to regularize his employment status in CH by working as ANOBAG, through a payroll provider or through the company's CH subsidiary, if there is one, or possibly by establishing his own legal entity.

3. When I do my tax return - should I use B (single earner) or C (double earner) tariff? I see huge difference in tax between those two tariffs.

Response: It would appear that your source tax rate should be based on double income status.

This link is to a source taxation brochure (English):

https://www.steueramt.zh.ch/dam/fina...t_qst15_en.pdf
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Re: A little bit complicated tax case... ZH/abroad/double-earner?

Thank you for the help, your post gave me the core info I needed to do further research.

But now it seems we're stuck again. To register as Anobag my husband needs to have a proper job agreement adjusted to Swiss law. And here is the problem: he doesn't. He's a contractor at his firm, in our country we've got this agreement without all the benefits "proper" agreement meets (notice periods, formally set vacation days etc). His employer won't change his agreements.

So the question is: what's now... He got two job contracts like that, is there any chance they let will him register as self employed? Maybe it's important to add, he's salary is really small when you compare it to CH salaries.
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Re: A little bit complicated tax case... ZH/abroad/double-earner?

J know this sounds strange but my experience has been that the tax authorities generally find a way to work things out in a pragmatic way...so, it may actually be worth discussing it with them and seeing what they suggest. This may also avoid tons of questions when something arises which or you file a tax return.

Also, and I am no expert here, one organisation that always seems to want their pound of flesh, also from the self-employed, is the AHV (social security department). I understand that they are far less understanding than the tax authorities (probably because they need the money more urgently...). SO I suggest clarifying that as far as your husband is concerned also.
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