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Changing cantons How tax works

Hi there,
I plan to move from Zurich to Zug. I just want to understand how things work from the tax point of view; I've been told if you start a calender year in a certain cantoon, it does not matter which cantoon you move to; you still pay taxes on the rates of your initial cantoon & community.

For example,
Taxed at source, living in Zurich city and moving to Zug city.
Tax rate applied during 2019: Zurich city & community.

Is this true? Or would the new tax rates of Zug apply immediately?

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Old 22.04.2019, 09:02
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Hi there,
I plan to move from Zurich to Zug. I just want to understand how things work from the tax point of view; I've been told if you start a calender year in a certain cantoon, it does not matter which cantoon you move to; you still pay taxes on the rates of your initial cantoon & community.

For example,
Taxed at source, living in Zurich city and moving to Zug city.
Tax rate applied during 2019: Zurich city & community.

Is this true? Or would the new tax rates of Zug apply immediately?

Thanks all!
That accountant again? The one you think does not know what he is talking about?
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Old 22.04.2019, 09:19
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Re: Changing cantoons How tax works

Dunno what happens when you're on Quellensteuer, but normally tax is submitted and paid in the Gemeinde/Kanton where you're resident in December 31st. I believe the authorities may make pro-rata payments based on when you move, but that's not something you need to be concerned with as an individual.
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Old 22.04.2019, 09:30
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Re: Changing cantoons How tax works

It used to vary, but they changed it a few years ago for all to 31 December.

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First thing one has to do is get a mailbox.
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First thing one has to do is get a mailbox.
Hmm.. How do you get a mailbox without renting a place?

Thanks for the advices when it comes to filling the yearly tax forms. Does anyone know what happens when it's deducted at source (witholding tax)?
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It used to vary, but they changed it a few years ago for all to 31 December.

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I could be wrong but I‘m sure i read in here somewhere fairly recently (posted by ASwissintheUS I think) that Zürich still uses residence on January first for tax purposes.
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I could be wrong but I‘m sure i read in here somewhere fairly recently (posted by ASwissintheUS I think) that Zürich still uses residence on January first for tax purposes.
Would it then be safe to say, move around the end of the year to avoid tax complications?
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I could be wrong but I‘m sure i read in here somewhere fairly recently (posted by ASwissintheUS I think) that Zürich still uses residence on January first for tax purposes.
It changed.

It's 31 December Swiss-wide.

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It changed.

It's 31 December Swiss-wide.

Tom
Yep, it’s only for moves within the canton that the January 1st rule applies in Zurich so even if one moves to a lower taxed area in the canton during that year it makes no difference to the overall taxes.
I knew I’d read something about it but couldn’t remember all the details.

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Re: Changing cantoons How tax works

I'd be in treat to know if taxing at source would make a difference in terms of the rates of the new cantoon.

Would it also wait for the 31st of December (as it would for normal tax declaration using the forms) or would it be immediately in place as it's taken at source?
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Old 22.04.2019, 18:51
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Re: Changing cantoons How tax works

Withholding tax depends solely on the canton you are living in at the moment.

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Withholding tax depends solely on the canton you are living in at the moment.

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Do I understand it correctly that if I am taxed at source and move from Basel Stadt to Aargau let's say in April 2021, then from May 2021 I will pay accordingly less tax (Aargau is cheaper)? Or will I pay Basel Stadt tariff until end of 2021?
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