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Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

Sorry if this is covered somewhere, but I can't find any response to my specific problem. Situation is as follows:

B-permit holder and UK national - arrived in Switzerland in 2015 and have always paid withholding tax at source, deducted automatically.

March 2019 - had baby with Swiss national

October 2019 - married said Swiss national. However, made the error of not informing my employer - and hence getting withholding tax at source stopped - lot going on in our lives at the moment (just moved into a new place) and weren't aware that we needed to. I only worked out that I needed to do this today - it's on my 'to do' list for tomorrow.

In any case, I did tell Vaudoise tax authorities about our revised marital situation, and they sent a letter asking us to estimate income for 2019.

January 2020 - After postal delay due to house move, received joint tax bill for circa. CHF 29,000, dated Dec 31 with payment demand within 30 days!!

For reference, I earn a six-figure salary and in previous years have paid around 23-4K in WT, wife is a freelancer who only earns about 30K last year, has had a minimal tax bill in the past.

Phoned the Office d'Impot today, and the lady dealing with my file was away, and her colleagues couldn't help. Slight 'computer says no'-type problem I sometimes encounter here. So still in the dark...

Anyway, I'm a bit stressed about this, as I assumed they would calculate based on a full joint declaration from 2020. Seemingly I was wrong? Also, presuming they allow the balance I've already paid in 2019 (22K or so), there is a massive jump to 29K, which surprises me given that we have a 10-month old child.

Going to ring them again tomorrow, clearly, but any advice on how to approach this with them? They don't seem to have taken my withholding tax payments from last year into account - but I find it bizarre that they don't have a record of what I've paid, and also how high the joint demand is.
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Re: Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

They need to refund you the withholding tax, they won't deduct the amount.

BTDT.

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Re: Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

Thanks Tom! But will this mean that in the short-term we'll have to pay the full 29K, rather than just pay the difference if the joint amount is higher? How long would we have to wait for the WT refund?

Really stretched ATM having just bought an apartment, so don't have that much money down the side of the sofa!
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Re: Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

Just under-pay them, they will send you a revised bill and minor interest.

I never pay estimated bills, just the final one.

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Re: Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

Had a similar situation when I changed to a C permit. Call them and it will be solved easily. They will send a new/corrected invoice.
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Just under-pay them, they will send you a revised bill and minor interest.
Not all cantons allow that. Some, like canton AG, will even start pursuit for preliminary bills.
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Re: Witholding Tax - Marrying a Swiss

Thanks a lot! Yes, guess it will get sorted. Just in one of those life moments right now when there are too many things to sort. Then we get this letter!
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