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Old 01.06.2020, 11:26
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Tax declaration for 2019

Hi there,
I may sound coming out of the blue here, but I realized lately that I have not made any tax declaration in Switzerland since I have moved in late December 2018. Taxes are taken directly at source from salary, on a monthly basis, and I thought that this was enough. Or not?
I have not received any tax declaration forms by the post. Shall I pro-actively complete such a form to report all my incomes and belongings (which are limited to my Swiss salary at the end of te day)? Is it "too late" for 2019? Shall I do one for 2020?
I live and work in Basel stadt.

Thanks for your advices.
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

Normally you will get a letter with instructions for the declaration. Because of COVID-19, many tax offices have extended the deadlines, so you are still not too late.

I advice you to contact the Tax-Department in Basel Stadt: https://www.steuerverwaltung.bs.ch/
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

Ideally you should have received the tax forms for 2018 and 2019 by now. The process of tax declaration and for cases of late submission has been difficult for me to understand and hence I reach out to tax consultants and it is has worked out well even on late payments.
FlexTax has helped me for few years and they charge less.
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

if you are on an L or B permit and are paying tax at source, with a total income lower than 120K, then the tax at source is enough and you do not need to do a return.


Occasionally, if people have subtantially fluctuating income, very high deductable costs, or foreign investments etc, then they might need to do some sort of additional return, or a full return.



But generally not in your case.... and if you do 'tip' the 120K balance, then they will send the forms to you...
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

should add - salary packaging might take you over the 120K limit, such as employer-paid school fees...
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

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if you are on an L or B permit and are paying tax at source, with a total income lower than 120K, then the tax at source is enough and you do not need to do a return.


Occasionally, if people have subtantially fluctuating income, very high deductable costs, or foreign investments etc, then they might need to do some sort of additional return, or a full return.



But generally not in your case.... and if you do 'tip' the 120K balance, then they will send the forms to you...
Exactly what @swisspea said. Just to add, even if you don't tip the 120K balance, but you do have 'stuff' to declare, which may impact your tax liability, then you can proactively request the tax office for filing regular tax returns. The procedure for this request differs from one canton to another.
The aforementioned 'stuff' may include:
  • Income in another country or from other undeclared sources
  • Real estate in another country
  • Tax saving investments eg. Pillar 3a contributions
  • ...
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THanks I will
Thanks for your help.
I am on B permit but I did not receive any forms. My income is over 120K with yearly bonus, under without, I do not have anything else to declare even from foreigner country...
I will contact Basel stadt department and use those accountants you recommended. Taxes were taken directly from my salary slip. I will be able to deduce my kid expenses...
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Re: Tax declaration for 2019

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Exactly what @swisspea said. Just to add, even if you don't tip the 120K balance, but you do have 'stuff' to declare, which may impact your tax liability, then you can proactively request the tax office for filing regular tax returns. The procedure for this request differs from one canton to another.
The aforementioned 'stuff' may include:
  • Income in another country or from other undeclared sources
  • Real estate in another country
  • Tax saving investments eg. Pillar 3a contributions
  • ...
In addition, it seems like assets > CHF 200k or non-taxed-at-sourced income > CHF 2.5k per year are also triggers for you to declare taxes, at least in canton ZH. It's explained here (official source, German) and here (non-official, English)
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