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Tax bill delay

Hello all - I am a B-permit, quellensteuer payer who has to also submit a tax return for personal circumstances. I have yet to receive the tax bill for year 2018, let alone year 2019. I do know that it can take a while however I also know of people who have already received it a while ago. Is this delay still "normal"? Should there be nothing to pay (wishful thinking) would I still receive notification of it? Cheers.

Btw I live in central Zurich.
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Old 29.08.2020, 12:31
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Re: Tax bill delay

I have had bills delayed by up to six YEARS.

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Re: Tax bill delay

We live in Zurich and received our 2017 tax return in early June to give you some perspective
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Re: Tax bill delay

I also live in Zurich, this year I got some calculations for 2018 (but I was here only one month in 2018), no bill though - so the delay is normal, but I'm not sure which bill will be final for me. At this time I've got calculations, but no additional account info there, so I think there will be some more bills coming
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Old 17.11.2020, 19:46
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Re: Tax bill delay

I lived in Zurich till mid 2019, and had the pleasure of receiving 2018 and 2019 this year in May to pay in full... luckily I was prepared I think it really depends on who handles the taxes at the Gemeinde. You can always give them a call, they are super friendly!
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I have had bills delayed by up to six YEARS.

Tom
I would definitely not mind having bills delayed, however, like the OP, I am a quellensteuer payer, i.e. my taxes get deducted from my gross salary each month and I have been using my tax declaration to get returns from the authorities.

Everything was going smoothly until I changed cantons in 2016 - from Bern (higher tax) to Zurich (lower tax), i.e. they were supposed to reimburse me with the taxes overpaid in 2016.

I filed my respective tax returns on time and have been filing them regularly ever since, however I never got back the 2016 final tax assessment, neither did I get any other subsequent final assessment - for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Each time I speak with the tax authorities in Zurich, they keep on telling me they are waiting for the money to come from Bern for the 2016 tax returns. I am pissed off, as I have accrued significant tax deductibles over the last couple of years and I don't even know how much they owe me.

Is anyone aware of a deadline the tax authorities have for getting these back? Any suggestions what to do, except for the useless phone calls - should I write them a registered letter? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 19.03.2021, 13:50
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Re: Tax bill delay

Well, no idea really what you can do, but had the same and the interest they had to pay me came to a very nice amount
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Re: Tax bill delay

Are there any (official) statistics available about the average/maximum time it takes to receive the final tax billon a per Canton basis? Would be very interesting.
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Are there any (official) statistics available about the average/maximum time it takes to receive the final tax billon a per Canton basis? Would be very interesting.
it must have been back before WW2 when you'd see tax refund in billon ...and by all standards I have heard of 5-rappen being used to pay tax - but never on he way back

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billon
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it must have been back before WW2 when you'd see tax refund in billon ...and by all standards I have heard of 5-rappen being used to pay tax - but never on he way back

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billon
Haha, thought I messed up the word a lot (spelling billion) but turns out I just missed a single space.

Never heard of billon before. The English wikipedia is slightly different (it claims its and alloy of any previous metal not just silver). The name comes from the French word for log
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Is anyone aware of a deadline the tax authorities have for getting these back? Any suggestions what to do, except for the useless phone calls - should I write them a registered letter? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
The only answer I could find was on a trustworthy-looking legal website - it seems the deadline for the initial tax assessment should be 5 years:
'The limitation period for the assessment of tax on income, profits, wealth and capital is five years (relative limitation) and, in any case, 15 years (absolute limitation) after the tax period.'
https://www.lexology.com/library/det...e-ec8fd5d4bba8

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Old 23.03.2021, 21:30
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Re: Tax bill delay

in my canton the deadline for assessment is 5 years. I don't have a source but it's common knowledge, among professionals as well.

I just got my 2018 and 2019 assessments.
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Old 23.03.2021, 23:08
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Re: Tax bill delay

Based on personal experience, I recommend you make an enquiry (normally I'd say walk in to your Gemeinde tax office, but right now that may not be possible) - you might need to email or phone them - they can look it up on the computer and see what is going on...
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Based on personal experience, I recommend you make an enquiry (normally I'd say walk in to your Gemeinde tax office, but right now that may not be possible) - you might need to email or phone them - they can look it up on the computer and see what is going on...
I've queried my Swiss tax office multiple times. They said they started working one my 2019 return on Dec. 14, 2020 and asked for a few more documents besides those I'd send via TellTax. Subsequent queries about progress have gone unanswered. Now I see the five-year limit and I suspect given that I've asked for Competent Authority resolution of the conflict with the IRS (who gets to tax first) I think this could go on long past the end of my life.
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