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Old 23.05.2021, 16:57
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Taxes for non resident married couple

Hello all. I married in 2019 in London, and I received now a letter from the cantonal authorities asking me to provide my husband's gross salary for 2019 to correct my income tax.

Question 1: they didn't recognise our marriage until 2020 and he didn't receive his residence permit until the same year, can they tax us for 2019?
Question 2: he paid his tax in another country, is this considered double taxation if they consider us to be a couple for tax purposes?
Question 3: is there any cost we can deduct considering that we are paying two rents?

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Old 23.05.2021, 17:18
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No double taxation, they need the amount to determine your tax bracket.
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Old 23.05.2021, 17:46
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No double taxation, they need the amount to determine your tax bracket.
I'm aware of that, but I will pay higher taxes as a result. If we are considered to be a couple and my husband is already paying his taxes overseas, isn't it considered double taxation?

This is obviously a very slim possibility, but an answer to my other questions would be helpful.

One question I forgot was, is there a limit? I saw in some news that the fédéral court ruled that there is an upper limit to how much married coupled can be charged vs non-married (10%), is this applied?
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Old 23.05.2021, 17:48
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I'm aware of that, but I will pay higher taxes as a result. If we are considered to be a couple and my husband is already paying his taxes overseas, isn't it considered double taxation?
It is not double taxation, as you are still only paying taxes on your income, not his.

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It is not double taxation, as you are still only paying taxes on your income, not his.

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But it's not longer my income or his income, it is our income, isn't that the whole point of this taxation system on married couples?
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Re: Taxes for non resident married couple

Q1. They are not taxing ‘us’ they are taxing you.
Q2. They are taxing you, not him.
Q3. No.
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You only pay tax on your income, not on that of your partner. You are in a higher tax bracket, nothing else.

Been there, doing that.
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You only pay tax on your income, not on that of your partner. You are in a higher tax bracket, nothing else.

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But it's not longer my income or his income, it is our income, isn't that the whole point of this taxation system on married couples?
Only if you both live here, otherwise no.

Also, you only pay higher taxes if both of you work, otherwise less.

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Re: Taxes for non resident married couple

If I could do it again I would have ‘forgotten’ to tell the Swiss that we had gotten married.

But if wishes were horses ...
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