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Tax return deduction for both spouses working

My wife works in another EU country and I want to ask for a deduction for:
17. Sonderabzug bei Erwerbstätigkeit beider Ehegatten/Partn.Siehe Wegleitung zur Steuererklärung 290 (for 2019).

From what I understand they deduct it from the lowest salary. If it is less than CHF 8,100, a deduction may be claimed in the amount of the lower earned income.

- I can enter directly the lower salary as a deduction or I need to submit any additional documents?

- If I live in Switzerland and my family in a EU country we aren't considered like separated, right? We are together and I visit them during weekends. Asking as I saw a description 'Ehegatten, die in rechtlich und tatsächlich ungetrennter Ehe leben..'

- What happens if I enter this deduction but somehow the tax authority doesn't agree with it or with the exact amount? they will correct themselves or they will come back complaining I didn't filled the tax return correctly?
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Old 21.04.2021, 21:16
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No idea, but as there aren't any replies yet, have a bump.
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Old 21.04.2021, 22:15
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Re: Tax return deduction for both spouses working

Our local Gemeinde tax office is exremely helpful, as was the Stadt tax office when we had a very big employer mess that needed fixing.


I suggest you speak to them (costs nothing) to check what you are required to do.


I assume you are resident in Switzerland for tax purposes, but your spouse is resident in another country for tax purposes.
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Re: Tax return deduction for both spouses working

I called the cantonal tax authority and at my second question they responded nicely that they do not provide tax advice and I should contact a tax advisor.

But after calling both municipality and canton without being given clear answers I suspect that most tax advisors will also not know how to best deal with this specific situation.

I will fill the tax report as good I can, provide the supporting documents and most probably they will come to the conclusion that I did some errors and hopefully I will not get penalised.
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I called the cantonal tax authority and at my second question they responded nicely that they do not provide tax advice and I should contact a tax advisor.

But after calling both municipality and canton without being given clear answers I suspect that most tax advisors will also not know how to best deal with this specific situation.

I will fill the tax report as good I can, provide the supporting documents and most probably they will come to the conclusion that I did some errors and hopefully I will not get penalised.
The Swiss system is pretty good - generally errors made in good faith are corrected and not penalised. Particularly if you declare everything openly and it's just in the wrong column or you add some stuff up wrong.

Why not include a note saying what you did and why, then it is clear that you aren't trying to hide / cheat anything.
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