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Old 31.03.2019, 21:07
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Double taxation on my salary (wife works for WHO)

Hi folks, I have now heard this as fact from over half a dozen people, some of which have actually claimed to have paid this double tax. Story is as follows;


If a spouse of a UN employee finds work under the CI permit, they are taxed at source (lets say the average of around 20%). Then, at the end of the year, they would be again taxed on the COMBINED FAMILY INCOME, say another 20%. So that, at the end of the day, the net result would be as if both partners paid tax at the standard rate.

Can anyone confirm this? If true, is it a means to discourage spouses from working, as it would take a decent salary to decide to then start to pay tax on the (supposedly) tax free UN salary.

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Re: Double taxation on my salary (wife works for WHO)

The UN persons salary is counted as - 0- on Swiss taxes. For a while there was this issue but about five years ago an international civil servant took the matter to the ILO Tribunal and won. This in turn put pressure on the Swiss hosts and there may have also been a legal case in Geneva courts but since, about five years or more, it's been fixed and there is no taxation of the combined salaries by the Swiss. The situation in VD was more like following the lead of Geneva as I understand.
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The UN persons salary is counted as - 0- on Swiss taxes.
Pity.

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Re: Double taxation on my salary (wife works for WHO)

I’m not sure of the situation with tax at source, but for others, when declaring the total family income to determine the incremental tax rate the exempt and non-exempt salaries are summed.

This incremental rate is applied to the non-exempt salary. The exempt salary is not subject to tax.

Also note that the exemption applies to the salary earned from the organisation. It does not exempt other income or the wealth tax.

Get a fiduciary for your first tax submission.

This for the Canton of Vaud.

Oh, this doesn’t apply if you are just living together, another reason to not get married.

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THanks for the valuable input folks.
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