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Looking for advice for taxation issue for temporary student job

Hello English forum,

First of all, sorry for my lack of basic knowledge here. I was struggling to find help in English. Please let me know if I forgot to include any relevant details.

I am from the US and I resided in Switzerland for 2 years to attend university. In 2019 I had a small student job for which I was paid 2500 CHF.

Here's where I made a mistake. I thought I wouldn't have to file taxes because I made so little money (that's how it is in the US and someone told me it was the same in Switzerland), so I didn't worry when I left back to the US when the pandemic started. I don't have any paperwork because I left before paperwork was mailed. I just received mail that I was fined 50chf for late taxes and to complete them immediately. I'm quite lost here...

How do I go about filling taxes from the US? Do I contact my employer for duplicate tax forms or is this something that is issued by the government?

Also is it true that I need to submit my bank records as well (all of my finances are in the US banks)? That seems strange to me.

I really appreciate any advice or direction.
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Why do you need to file taxes, are you Swiss?

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Re: Looking for advice for taxation issue for temporary student job

I have a Swiss citizenship and I had my residence temporarily in Switzerland while I attended school. I think that's why I have to do taxes. Although I'm really not sure how anything works in Switzerland because I've lived in the US all my life.
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I have a Swiss citizenship and I had my residence temporarily in Switzerland while I attended school. I think that's why I have to do taxes. Although I'm really not sure how anything works in Switzerland because I've lived in the US all my life.
Were you sent a tax return? If not then I suspect it's not an issue.
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Were you sent a tax return? If not then I suspect it's not an issue.
I think the paperwork was sent to the residence I was living at in Switzerland after I left the country unexpectedly earlier this year. I don't have access to it.
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I have a Swiss citizenship.
Yes, then you need to file a tax return.

Which canton did you live in?

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I think the paperwork was sent to the residence I was living at in Switzerland after I left the country unexpectedly earlier this year. I don't have access to it.
You can file online.

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Yes, then you need to file a tax return.

Which canton did you live in?

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Ticino.

Is it true they need copies of my bank assets in the US?
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Were you sent a tax return? If not then I suspect it's not an issue.
Even if he was not sent (or did not receive) a tax return, he would still be required to declare his taxes.
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Ticino.

Is it true they need copies of my bank assets in the US?
They ask for information, not copies.
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They ask for information, not copies.
Thanks for the quick information
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Even if he was not sent (or did not receive) a tax return, he would still be required to declare his taxes.
Oh I can file taxes without having the information from the tax return?
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https://www4.ti.ch/dfe/dc/dichiarazione/etax-pf/

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Oh I can file taxes without having the information from the tax return?
You will need to ask them for your tax number and security code.

Which town?

For Lugano, it's: dfe-dc.utlugano@ti.ch

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Wow tax software. I'll try to navigate this tomorrow.

Thanks for your help Tom.
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You will need to ask them for you tax number and security code.

Which town?

For Lugano, it's: dfe-dc.utlugano@ti.ch

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I worked in Lugano and resided in Pura. I'm not sure which is relevant...
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I worked in Lugano and resided in Pura. I'm not sure which is relevant...
Both are under the Lugano jurisdiction:

https://www4.ti.ch/dfe/dc/chi-siamo/...azione/lugano/

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Both are under the Lugano jurisdiction:

https://www4.ti.ch/dfe/dc/chi-siamo/...azione/lugano/

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Super. Thank you for all of this.
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Re: Looking for advice for taxation issue for temporary student job

This reminds me that I need to do my tax return this month (I got an extension until 30 September).

Thanks!

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